Creative Design: Undergraduate

Through to Gold

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The purpose of this garment is to display the drastic contrast in painting styles and ideologies of Italian Art seen between the Dark Ages (500-1000AD), rooted in spiritual iconography and flat compositions, to the Renaissance or “Golden Age” (1271-1600AD) of humanism, with realistic painting techniques. Primary research was conducted at Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy.  Crivelli’s (1488) Madonna of the Candeletta served as the main source of silhouette and beading inspiration. The asymmetric design was achieved through draping techniques.  Asymmetric elements include a tailored sleeve on the right side and added fullness with tulle on the left side of the garment. A stiff polyester satin was selected for the main dress and sleeve to create a powerful stance against the soft gathered tulle. Hand beading was completed on the skirt trickling up the bodice by threading each bead on in the pattern interpreted from Crivelli’s painting.

Keywords: formal wear, renaissance art

How to Cite: Kim, M. & McKinney, E. C. (2019) “Through to Gold”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings. 76(1). doi: