Sang Yoon exaggerates garments with plastic sleeves for Central Saint Martins collection
Chunky injection-moulded cuffs and tubes featured on garments shown by graduate fashion designer Sang Yoon at the Central Saint Martins show earlier this week.
Sang Yoon created oversized sleeves and belts using moulded plastic to form cylindrical pieces that were integrated into the clothing.
"I have explored personal interpretation with invention of plastic objects, creating sculpted form around the body working with pleats and weaving techniques that merge modern and futuristic looks," Yoon told Dezeen.
The cylindrical sections formed cuffs and armbands, worn on one or both arms, which joined to bodices with braided strings that continued around the tops.
Plastic sections were also used around the torso and waist, forming stiff elements that contrasted with the flowing fabrics.
"I have used my own creation of plastic and patent leather," said Yoon. "I think having your own material and fabrication aren't good enough. It's about what you can do with them to create either forms and textile. For me it's about execution of craftsmanship."
Black, white and cream pieces included billowing dresses, skirts and trousers. These were paired with a cropped jacket for one outfit and a sweatshirt for another.
Sections of fabric wrapped over the exaggerated shoulder lines and hung down from the waist.
The forms and silhouettes of the garments were dictated by the way the materials worked with each other, according to Yoon: "the material and techniques chose to behave in certain way creating unique silhouette that you can't achieve with just plain fabric."
The collection is titled Quadrivium, the Latin name given to a collection of four liberal arts that includes number, geometry, music and cosmology.
"I have an obsession with ideas of numbers and geometry that carry symbolic meanings of protection," said Yoon. "I have a fantasy of women going to court for a divorce, and my vision is to bring these women confidence and protection through my obsession with the quadrivium."
Yoon's muse for the collection was American actress Lauren Bacall. "Her style is modern chic, an elegant lady who is a femme fatale with a husky voice," said Yoon.
The collection was shown as part of London's Central Saint Martins BA Fashion show, which took place on Wednesday – less than a fortnight after the school's MA professor Louise Wilson, who taught designers including Alexander McQueen, died unexpectedly.
Photos are courtesy of Catwalking.com.