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頌歌大龍 (‘Songge Da Long’)

School

Dundalk Grammar School, Co. Louth

Design Description

Inspired by ancient Eastern Asian fashions, it represents the designer’s Vietnamese and Chinese heritage. The material used predominantly in the dress was salvaged from a vintage coat purchased in Vietnam by the designer’s Adoptive mother. The headpiece was constructed using the women who work in the Vietnamese paddy fields to create an Nón lá (‘leaf hat’). The Japanese art of Kintsugi is featured throughout the outfit. It is the art of sticking broken pieces of pottery back together using gold. The gold is not to hide but to celebrate and remember items past.

Materials Used: Vintage Vietnamese silk Ao Dai coatBallet leotard sold brapillow case and duvetchiffon curtains donated from the local hotel (dyed using charcoal and acrylic paint) black collared shirt chiffon ballet skirtsilica beadspalm leaves stitched together to replicate the Banana leaves usually used in the ‘nón lá’.bamboo shoots for bodice boningribbons from horse riding rosettesOld work trousers Rope

 

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