Creative Design: Professional

Phoenix Encircled by White Dragon

  • Anna Perry (Colorado State University)


This design combines Chinese cultural symbols with three dimensional geometry to create a soft sculpture. Specifically, the purpose of the design was to 1) transfer Chinese cultural symbols into a dress and 2) explore geometrical shape to create cohesive art-wear. This asymmetrical garment design consists of three layers of designs: a transparent dress, a phoenix, and a Chinese dragon. A white dragon coiled around a transparent dress, which is decorated by phoenix feathers and wings. A contrast effect was created by the solid white cotton fabric and the transparent fabric. Hundreds of dragon scales and dozens of dragon fins were placed on the coiled dragon body, creating a flying, repetition, and rhythm pattern. Visually, the coiled 3D dragon, the phoenix plumes and wings, the contrast texture between solid cotton and transparent fabric, and the unique design shape created a harmonic design effect together.

How to Cite:

Perry, A., (2016) “Phoenix Encircled by White Dragon”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
10 Nov 2016
Peer Reviewed