From the designer Professor Arlene Handschuch:
INSPIRATION: MOON GLOW is an eveningwear ensemble inspired by the colors and shapes in a 19th century Japanese wood block print of a moonlit lake and mountains, and by garment style lines from historic Chinese costume. Four fabric colors were used to create the geometric designs on the jacket to reflect the subtle shapes and colors in the picture. The asymmetric pattern on the center front and center back bands is an interpretation of the diagonal shapes of the landscape. The collar shape, and the contrasting front band, waistband, cuff, and hem are contemporary interpretations of style details seen in costume of the Han Dynasty. Scanning, digital editing, and fabric printing were used to incorporate a copy of the wood block print onto the jacket. The coordinating pants and tank top each use one of the fabric colors.
PROCESS AND TECHNIQUES: The design, location of colors, and style of shapes on the jacket were determined by draping separate fabric pieces on a dress form. These separate pieces also contour the garment to the shape of the body. The front band blends into a stand up collar variation with a seam at center back neckline. The color design on the front band, cuffs and center back band was developed by stitching small shaped pieces together. At center front and center back the asymmetric color shaped pieces create a diagonal line that flows from the right band onto the left band. Piping was applied to selected seams on the jacket to give more definition to each color blocked section. The original wood block print was scanned into Photoshop™, edited for color and size, and printed fabric developed for use with any inkjet printer. The fabric was cut to shape, interfaced, piped, lined, embellished with beading, and hand appliquéd to the jacket. One full copy of the print is used on the back. Another full copy of the print was digitally edited into two halves and one of the halves is applied to each side of center front near the waist level. Flat pattern techniques were used to develop the jacket and coordinating pants and tank top.
MATERIALS USED: The fashion fabrics are silk taffeta, silk satin, and silk doupioni. The scanned wood block print is printed on 100% cotton poplin. The multicolored beads are plastic. The jacket is fully lined with 100% Bemberg rayon. The interfacing is fusible weft insertion.