The storage facility of the mind, where thoughts projected are archived to influence the actions of the future – or what we know as, ‘Memory’. Intrigued by the idea of how a person’s identity is constantly constructed and deconstructed through the notion of remembering, Mark Tan’s exhibition, “Arrangements” was one that inspired the creation of “One Door Shuts…”.
A collective timeline of previous experiences melded together to evoke emotion and spark creativity, CASSEY GAN takes us on a journey back to her past. From her days spent playing the trumpet in her school’s marching band, shapes and silhouettes are derived from that of military-inspired band costumes. With that, comes pinafore-style looks reminiscent of school girl uniforms.
Once a fashion student in search of creative identity, the designer revisits early influences like Jim Osman, Ted Larsen and Le Corbusier – with a clever use of checkers and vibrant colours. Experimenting with texture, different fabrics are layered to emulate the many complexities of the mind. Printed lace is also used to add a sense of femininity to her signature non-form fitting silhouettes.
A collaborative effort with artist, Mark Tan, bold, monochromatic prints are incorporated into the collection to bring forth a sense of nostalgia – whilst adding contrast to the designer’s inherently colour-centric aesthetic.