Bubble wrap is such a fragile material yet it is the very material used to protect fragile objects. Through the use of this unconventional material, I wanted to explore a social commentary on the portrayal of women within the fashion industry. The juxtaposition between such a feminine silhouette and the inherent purpose of bubble wrap plays to the fact that the wrapping is symbolic of armor. The enveloping of the bubble wrap around a woman alludes to the representation of femininity through a material used for protection.
Below is my process through which I created this garment:
1: I am beginning with simply playing with the bubble wrap, seeing how it bends and drapes and how I can manipulate it to create an aesthetically pleasing design.
2: I’ve created the basic silhouette from which I am going to build up. Even like this I really like the clean lines that the bubble wrap makes.
3: I have decided to use the shoulders as a focal point. I’ve added some ruffles and I’m figuring out what the best way to add volume would be.
4: I’ve added a second layer of ruffles and I am planning on replicating the design on the other shoulder for a dramatic look.
5: Trying to see how the dress would look on an actual person.
6: I’ve decided to scrap the shoulder ruffles because they are not becoming what I envisioned them to be. Instead, I am testing out how to fold the bubble wrap in order to create a peplum-type design.
6.5: Because I was stumped, I searched online for dresses with interesting folds. I found this Alexander McQueen dress and I tried to emulate it with the bubble wrap.
7: I’ve finally figured it out! I took inspiration from the gold Alexander McQueen dress on how the bubble wrap should fall and fold and I think I am on the right track with this.
8: I took this photo to see how I could bring out the whiteness in the dress as well as make the transparency stand out more. I think the folds look really nice and also remind me of the shape of a flower.
9: Unfortunately, the folds fell out so I had to redo the bubble wrap. It doesn’t look as good but I still like it. From this point on, the dress is very close to being, if not already, finished.