Tetra Fish–JD Annual Design Awards 2019 | Fashion Design
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.”
—- MARTHA GRAHAM —-
Designers Nithin Prathap Chacko and Mirshana K. U.’s collection, Tetra Fish was inspired by Neon Tetra Fish and is a line of costumes created for dancers to achieve litheness in their movements with the right fit and fabric.
The Neon Tetra is a small freshwater fish native to South America and is known for its vibrant colours. The fish has a bright neon blue stripe that starts from the tip of its nose to the adipose fin. It is believed that this bright stripe makes them more readily visible to each other in dark water conditions. The designers have incorporated the neon element of the fish into their garments.
Since, dance is associated with a lot of movements the fabric and fit of the garments need to be flexible to allow mobility without any constraints. Currently available costumes have fit and flexibility issues. Inorder to achieve the desired flexibility that is associated with dance, the designers used lycra fin and lycra rib to create the garments, as it provides ease of movement. Piping and patch work was done using neon colour jersey fabrics. The neon elements in the garments were attained through neon tapes that helped create a dramatic effect under the blue UVA light. The garments are black and white in colour.