Creative Design: Graduate

Two are enough

  • Yoon Yang orcid logo (Cornell University)


This ensemble was designed by using a new conceptual method based on the Flow theory, which explains how creativity flourishes within multiple actors under certain conditions (Csikszentmihalyi, 1996). The present design was an experiment to challenge the ‘design restrictions’ of the patternmaking process to fuel the designer’s creativity. The creative patternmaking process started with a collage of a scooped neckline, hourglass silhouette, and cocoon pants. Design restrictions applied to the creative patternmaking process were (1) the final garment should only consist of rectangles as pattern pieces and (2) the final garment should only have gathers to shape the ensemble. The design is unique because of how the designer made decisions at each stage of patternmaking, such as where to put the openings, how to meet the restrictions, and how to finish the garment while providing the wearer with the best efficiency and comfort. 

Keywords: zero-waste design, constraints, flat patternmaking

How to Cite:

Yang, Y., (2024) “Two are enough”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 80(1). doi:



Published on
26 Jan 2024
Peer Reviewed