“As a child, I had a viewfinder camera,” Chong says. “I was always fascinated by the fact that a tiny peephole in the viewfinder brought me into a new fantasy world from the confines of my living room.”
Dawoon Chong was born and raised in South Korea. She was very fortunate to be surrounded by a family involved in the fashion industry, which inspired her to become a fashion designer. As a student at Parsons, Chong developed a design ethos that is progressive, bold, and fun, with a focus on shape and color. Her thesis collection targets young women who choose not to follow mainstream fashion trends and want to build their own style. The inspiration for her collection is a peephole. "As a child, I had a viewfinder camera," Chong says. "I was always fascinated by the fact that a tiny peephole in the viewfinder brought me into a new fantasy world from the confines of my living room. In my collection, there are two different perspectives: protection, which is the main purpose of a peephole, and exposure, representing its potential for voyeuristic misuse. I was also drawn to the circular shape of the peephole, and also of the ability of a certain lens on a camera, the fish-eye, to make objects rounder. I played with this shape and created many different patterns. In addition, in order to present the ideas of protection and exposure, I use quilting and padding techniques to create oversize garments, which expose the body through holes, cropping, and clear PVC fabric inserts."