PROCESS   /    DESIGN

Even when people are fully transparent with who they are, it’s difficult to describe the depth of their histories or personalities with words. But it’s easy with color. 'What lies in between' was a study to figure out who people were in Gahee's life. The more you uncover of a person, the more layers you add to their story.

The suit is something people wear to feel confident, which is why it was the perfect contrast to show vulnerability. This collection is not an attempt to reinvent the suit, but looking at suiting in a totally unexpected way: as a means to showcase fragility.

Tulle was perfect to depict these themes, almost like an architect’s blueprint. Creating a suit out of tulle was a challenge, like learning a different language. Ideas of transparency lead to consider flexibility in color and thickness of the surface and fabric. Different layers suggest different fabric weights. One or two layers is like silk crepe de chine. If more layers were added, it became thick cotton twill. And more added, it became heavier wool for coats. Throughout the collection there is range of 1 to 100 layers of tulle in different parts of the suit.

Engineering became a big part of this collection, especially as the layers added up. It was important that the suits still functioned as clothing. Even the basting threads are 100% functional, while showing the uncomfortable preparation stages of tulle being held and shaped. Gahee decided to keep the threads colorful to embrace the creation process.

It took over 6 months making mistakes to learn what works and what doesn’t, especially with creating color gradients or combinations. But the ability to control the layers and how each layers of color was arranged really gave liberty to create the exact colors that Gahee imagined. People she have known heavily inspired the final color combinations. 'What lies in between' was Gahee's first attempt to consider human complexities in such a tactile way.