The goal of my thesis collection is to encourage each and every individual path of life and empower the audience with affirmation of their own unique authorship of success.
Initially inspired by building IKEA furnitures with instructions and manuals, I pondered on the idea of following specific steps to construct a successful outcome. Then I applied the same concept on life. What does it mean to “build” a successful life and what steps does the society tell us to take to achieve it? Reflecting the paths and steps that I took in my own life, I realized they weren’t anything like the world’s standard. Acknowledging that such discrepancy is not just my own, I decided to openly share the matter in celebration of individuality.
The idea of construction is explored and challenged in ways of both making and dressing. Applying the concept of “building” on garments, the development of certain shapes and silhouettes are stemmed from rectangular blocks of pattern. By folding and twisting, the geometric shapes are built to create a three-dimensional garment with unexpected turns. Staircases and doors are also drawn as visual references as they are metaphorical representations of different stages of life. By transferring the shapes of stairs in various types of pleating, and manipulating the grain of stripes and ribs, the concept of traveling up and down without a defined course is mimicked through constant change of directions.
Also exploring different methods of finishing, many of the garments are engineered to be assembled through either buttons or jump rings. As the wearers “build” pieces of clothing on their body themselves, they are immediately invited to emotionally participate in the active journey of constructing their own success in life.
[ BIO ]
Mark Seo understands and captures the sensibility of today's urban women. With his strength in pattern making and garment construction infused with exploration of shape and form, Seo reinterprets modern classics with an edge. Grounded on the core needs of professional women, Seo designs ready-to-wear collections that are easily reachable. Bearing practicality and wearability as essential values, Seo's designs serve his consumers to their individual purposes in everyday life. Ultimately, Seo aspires to seep into every women's daily experiences, represent and manifest each of their distinct stories.