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> Project abstract
Scissors, Calculator, and a Beige Coat is the graduate project of Helena Dong from Bachelor of Fashion (Design) (Honours) at RMIT University.
As a capsule collection, a performance piece and an interactive narrative, this project is underlined with themes of independence and resourcefulness, which have been based on a series of events and personal reflections from Helena's childhood, following her migration to Australia in 2007.
Scissors, Calculator, and a Beige Coat serves as an experiential exchange, aimed at amplifying the degree of contemplative engagement between the viewer, the designer, the performer, and the garment within the context of a fashion presentation.
(2018 - ongoing)
Influenced by writings on relational aesthetics, spectatorship and contemporary performance practices, the 'game' aspect of this project presents narrative scenarios that are minimal and empathetic in nature.
Following the structure of a choose-your-own-adventure story, the game is propelled by the participant’s decisions, these decisions are in turn reflected by the garments through structural transformations and bodily gestures, thus allowing the original outfit to shift into 62 different configurations, each in accordance with a different plot-line.
Helena Dong is an interdisciplinary designer with a keen interest in the expression of archetypes, multi-functionality and methods of collaborative exchange.
She conceptualises and produces projects that intersect fashion, art, performance, film, augmented reality and other digital media.
Helena is currently based in NYC.