‘Burried in Fashion’ by Krithika Inbavanan:JD Annual Design Awards 2014
Titled “Buried in Fashion”, the collection evokes a question – “What should we wear when we die?” Every day we take time to dress and present ourselves in the best way according to our taste and style. But when we pass on, we are simply wrapped in a plain cloth and buried.
The collection focuses on celebrating death by designing pieces that represents the life the person has lived.From the death rituals of Mexico to Madagascar, the collection showcases the 10 defining moments in a person’s life.
Each defining moment has an emotion related to it. Be it falling in love (emotion: intimate) or even experiencing loss (emotion: grief). Each of these emotions is represented by a colour. For example we relate the colour red to symbolize love and the colour black to symbolize grief.
The embroidery in the garments symbolizes the celebration of death as we usually associate embroidery with grand occasions. Since flowers are an integral part of death ceremony worldwide, one could see generous use of floral embroidery motif.
While the garments represent the defining moments in a person’s life, the accessories symbolizes the pain related to death. The accessories are created using safety- pins. The pin symbolizes pain. The person wearing these accessories represents their embracing of the pain rather than drowning in it.
The mask that has been made part of the collection symbolizes the event of death when a person passes on from this physical world to the unknown.Hence in essence, the entire collection with its accessories is the warp and the weft of the tapestry called death which is being celebrated through ‘Fashion Forward’.
This unique collection was presented by Krithika Inbavanan, class of Basc 2014. The collection won the award for BEST CONCEPT EXECUTION.