New Denim: Redefining Restrictions

This collection draws inspiration from the restrictions on fabric usage during World War II in America. It centers around blue denim, a fabric both commonly used by workers during WWII and by the US Navy. Blue denim work clothing was adopted as standard by the US Army on 11 June 1919, supplied primarily by Levi Strauss Co. Today, blue denim is used most often in everyday clothing and streetwear. Thus, these garments aim to take this casual and militaristic fabric and uplift it to the luxury of haute couture using laborious detailing, treating denim as though it is an expensive, precious fabric. Since high fashion material was heavily restricted in the 1930s/1940s, these garments are similarly restricted in fabrication, using only what was easily accessible, denim and knit in their creation.

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