Can something be fragile, yet indestructible? By definition no. But the ideas we hold of each word provide an intriguing area of fashion construction to explore.
Childhood memories of Lim’s father (whom she describes as strong and charismatic yet gentle and sensitive) inspired the project. Two unrelated moments in particular became the key to exploring the project’s “hard meets soft” concept: the heavy fabric and zippers that Lim’s father would wear, and a pressed edelweiss flower souvenir he brought her from Switzerland.
As contrasting objects the pressed flower and workwear respectfully depict fragility and durability. Through Lim’s study of garment construction, detail engineering, and fabric development in outdoor and workwear from the 1970s to early 2000s, she found the work of Massimo Osti was a valuable basis for engineering fabric and construction .
Meanwhile, delicate silk satin and lace ribbons (provided by the Japanese ribbon company Mokuba), reminiscent of edelweiss flowers, were layered, stitched, fused and coated to become durable, while maintaining the surface detail of fabric. During the process of reinforcing through layering and placement, the functionality of the garment naturally became decorative. Though the items are monotone, their textures vary from fragile to tough.