Womenswear

Shuai Zeng

Shuai Zeng, MA womenswear of Royal College of Art.He is a conceptual fashion designer based in London. His design focuses on conceptual design research, which is including the exploration of sculpture, speculative design, biology, digital application and other multiple areas. His design adopts the neutral element method to integrates the gender characteristics to make the multilevel structural tailoring and to transmits the very avant-garde design style. 

Contact

shuai.zeng@netwrok.rca.ac.uk

shuai zeng conceptual fashion media

Degree Details

School of Design

A few months ago, I was reviewing my favorite childhood Japanese manga—Fist of the North Star. It evoked memories of my childhood that had lain dormant for many years. The most memorable moment was when the protagonist used his northern star fist to punish the enemy and make their body burst into pieces. This left a lasting image in my mind.Following my sculptural design identity and conceptual design research, I created a deformed body mannequin as a protagonist of my own world, and I treated it as a design prototype.

The concept of my final collection is variation. When the mannequin deforms, it is variation at play, accompanied by the intergrowth and phagocytosis. The mannequin ultimately moves towards the goal of adapting to the changeable environment, which marks a “survival of the fittest” phenomenon.

I did a lot of experiments to transfer the sculptural mannequin into a wearable artistic garment. For example: I used the wet leather molding, vacuum forming, wool steaming and silicone molding to mold the shape into different materials. Apart from the material experiment, I also used the performance to mold the plastic prototype mannequin’s shape to experiment with new shapes between mannequin and human body, and towards realizing the shape of the new design garments and more possibilities. The way of the performance is the best way to present my concept. It is moveable, and the plastic material is transparent, so it is easy to see changes in the prototype mannequin shape.

To compare this moveable performance, I made another static display video with the software: CLO. I used CLO to make clothes of my final collection by transferring my 2D illustrations to the 3D garments, to show the progress of my design.Due to the current situation, the fashion industry focuses on sustainable environment protection, and the digital way of presenting my design is a very effective way to protect the environment. My final collection is a combination of science and technology. One can view my three-dimensional work to present my sculptural identity, and at same time, the digital design is suitable for the trend of fashion development. I think this is the best way to present my design online at this special time.

The variation final line-up digital presentation — The front view

The variation final line-up digital presentation — The side view

The concept of my final collection is variation. When the mannequin deforms, it is variation at play, accompanied by the intergrowth and phagocytosis. The mannequin ultimately moves towards the goal of adapting to the changeable environment, which marks a “survival of the fittest” phenomenon.
I used CLO software to make clothes of my final collection by transferring my 2D illustrations to the 3D garments, to show the progress of my design.Due to the current situation, the fashion industry focuses on sustainable environment protection, and the digital way of presenting my design is a very effective way to protect the environment. My final collection is a combination of science and technology. One can view my three-dimensional work to present my sculptural identity, and at same time, the digital design is suitable for the trend of fashion development. I think this is the best way to present my design online at this special time.

Medium:

Plastic,jersey,leather,silicone,wool,velvet,latex

Size:

2minutes 15seconds
Conceptual
Designer Value
Digital Art
digital fashion
Fashion
Fashion As Function
fashion design
Film
Fine Art
Virtual

The variation conceptual performance — The variation conceptual performance selected look

The concept of my final collection is variation. When the mannequin deforms, it is variation at play, accompanied by the intergrowth and phagocytosis. The mannequin ultimately moves towards the goal of adapting to the changeable environment, which marks a “survival of the fittest” phenomenon.
The way of the performance is the best way to present my concept. It is moveable, and the plastic material is transparent, so it is easy to see changes in the prototype mannequin shape.

Medium:

plastic,jersey,metal

Size:

3minutes 48seconds

The photography of variation garments collection look 1 — The photography of variation garments collection

The photography of variation garments collection look 2 — The photography of variation garments collection

The photography of variation garments collection look 3 — The photography of variation garments collection

The concept of my final collection is variation. When the mannequin deforms, it is variation at play, accompanied by the intergrowth and phagocytosis. The mannequin ultimately moves towards the goal of adapting to the changeable environment, which marks a “survival of the fittest” phenomenon.

Medium:

leather,wool,velvet,jersey

Size:

A4

The variation body mannequin & the sublime body mannequin — The design prototype

The variation arms & head mannequin — The design prototype

The personal design mannequin of my final design collection

Medium:

wood,linen,sponge,clay

Size:

A4
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