Classic wardrobe items are garments most widely used in our modern time; consequently, they exist in the core of our field of fashion. While worn today, their origins date up to two centuries back. Even though worn universally, they were initially Western men’s attire, a product of their ideals and their making tradition; tailoring. Due to their origin, they possess a certain kind of aesthetic. The latter is also that of past and present time as well as that of many. All along, their extensive presence, their particular classic characteristics, but especially their ability to adopt a style inspired designers to contribute to them and create variations of them.
In this thesis, I have recognized timeless and universal classic wardrobe items as largely representing my values in fashion design. I also found them connecting me to the previous generations and to other people wearing them. However, most importantly, as a designer, I found them relevant for our times and useful to find and showcase what is specific to my designer identity. Throughout the thesis, I, therefore, deal with the phenomenon of classic wardrobe items and their re-designs, both from general to a personal, designer point of view. The thesis explores the chosen topic of classic wardrobe garments and their re-designs both in theory as well as in practice, in which it generates the largest part of the thesis; a fashion collection of 7 classic wardrobe items re-appropriated.
This study defines classics as of certain quality, as timeless and universal, as well as offering a space for re-designing. In addition, it suggests that by re-designing them, designers are confirming classic wardrobe items’ value for our society as well as prolonging it. A personal variation of classic garments is offered, as well as a more general outlook on them; implying these are the items that give us a sense of stability, belonging and sameness for being worn so extensively in the past and especially so in the present.
Keywords: classics, re-designing, tailoring, clothing, wardrobe, fashion
Number of pages: 173
Pirjo Hirvonen, Professor
Fashion Design, Department of Design, Aalto University
Tuomas Laitinen, Senior University Lecturer
Department of Design, Aalto University
Ossi Naukkarinen, Professor in Aesthetics
School of Arts, Design, and Architecture, Aalto University
Graphic design: Neža Pavrič
25. February, 2019