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Finalist

BLACK SWAN

School

Mount Sackville Secondary School, Chapelizod, Dublin 20

Team

Sky Synnott

Teacher

Trish Murphy

Design Description

For my design, I was heavily influenced by ‘the ugly duckling’. It’s a story about something that’s traditionally unappealing becoming something beautiful which perfectly describes junk kouture. I decided to create a swan but I thought a black swan was more appropriate as their beauty is often overlooked. The feathers were cut out and sewn on individually and I made a wings headpiece, which was influenced by flapper feather headbands from the 1920s. The transparent bodice mimics water with painted water lily details. The dress had to be wearable while also capturing the elegance of a swan.

MATERIALS USED

Made from weed suppressing blankets, old raincoats, old pants, flower bouquet packaging, old pillowcases and duvet covers.

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