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Construction of Deconstruction for RET•RO•GRADE

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Visual display is a crucial part in the story telling and setting of the mood for any fashion show; it can help exemplify the designer’s vision and redefine their collection. To tell the story of RET•RO•GRADE, based on a futuristic society that became deconstructed as time goes on, our overall theme had to be consistent throughout the whole production.

At first combining the two concepts of futurism and destruction seemed to be quite the visual challenge. After many ideas, the melding began by creating a colossal center piece in the middle of our U shape stage. Inspiration came from geometric hanging lights, space age clothing and the rubble left behind from a fallen building. Geometric shapes and pieces of rubble are the essentials to represent RET•RO•GRADE. These elements will cascade from the ceiling to the floor combining in the middle to create the ultimate center piece. With our vision agreed upon it is time to begin to construct of the soon to be masterpiece.

Many spray paint cans later and with 36 pieces of foam core we tackled the task of making about 40 plus geometric shapes. Here is a sneak peak of the some geometrics we created as a class for RET•RO•GRADE.

RET•RO•GRADE will be held at Performance Works on Granville Island on Tuesday July 16. Doors open at 6pm and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are available at JCI (220 Cambie) for $20 or $25 at the door. All net proceeds will go to the Looking Glass Foundation.

Amber Maetche, JCI Fashion Student

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