My capstone thesis project is called Supersuits which is an exploration of the intersectional relationship between fashion and tech with my authentic design flare. The direction of this project is creating a bodysuit with the intent of trying to gear it towards rehabilitation focusing specifically on the lower waist region through a belt that is safely fitted with sensors and peltier modules. These suits are constructed with special HD screen printed textured fabric, 3D-printed components, and tech to give it that modernized superhero feel. With the suits I felt very compelled to really speak my true self, and very fortunately my prof Tanya White was super supportive and pushed me to do what I wanted to do.
I think the connective tissue with me and my affection with fashion is the aspect of creativity and the notion of being able to experiment different shapes, fabrics, silhouettes, themes, etc. I felt that throughout 1st-3rd year it was all about learning all the foundational skills, learning how to draft properly, you must incorporate this and that, and although there was certainly a good amount of freedom to most of the projects, my design identity was still restrained. So when it came to this final year and being able to do literally anything I wanted, this was the opportunity to really let my authentic design roar. I’ve definitely seen improvement in my knowledge and skills, and know that fourth year was a pivotal point in which that I am better suited to tackle certain design challenges when met with one.