Creative Design: Undergraduate

Beverly Hillbilly

  • Haeun (Grace) Bang (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Mary Nease


Beverly Hillbilly was created as a part of the senior honors project. I wanted the crown jewel of my collection to be a suit that I custom tailored for myself using techniques I learned from my internship. I also wanted to explore my love of textile design and experiment with some of the different hand dyeing techniques that I have taught myself over the years. This suit reflects my identity in every way, from the custom dyed fabric in bisexual pride colors to the cut of the jacket that was bespoke tailored to fit my plus size figure. The combination of modern colors and traditional style lines creates a suit that feels innovative and fresh without losing touch with the history of the aesthetic. Preserving history when designing within the western wear aesthetic is important for keeping the work within the realm of cultural appreciation rather than cultural appropriation.

Keywords: Cultural, Western Wear, Country Music, Fabric Dye

How to Cite:

Bang, H. & Nease, M., (2022) “Beverly Hillbilly”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 79(1). doi:

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Published on
01 Jan 2023
Peer Reviewed