“My senior thesis collection is a story of composition and harmony between the human body, nature, and architecture,” Lim says. “Throughout the design process, I reflected upon the spontaneity and innocence of being 17 years old.”
Gahee Lim was born and raised in South Korea and moved to Australia for her high-school years. At Parsons, she interned in a variety of fashion-related fields to gain a deeper understanding of the industry, and took summer courses at Central Saint Martins. Her thesis collection, Nocturne, is a women's ready-to-wear collection inspired by a personal experience of skinny-dipping in the middle of the night at a friend's house while in school in Australia. "It is a story of composition and harmony between the human body, nature, and architecture," Lim says. "Throughout the design process, I reflected upon the spontaneity and innocence of being 17 years old."
The experience of skinny-dipping was re-created via hand-collaged images, and the way objects are reflected on the surface of water inspired the print placement. Lim experimented with the scale and proportion of a basic bodice pattern in order to create tops, vests, and dresses. A distinctive T-shaped dart carries throughout the collection to make the pieces more linear, resulting in distinctive constructions for skirts, pants, and outerwear. The gentle movement on the surface of the water and the dry weather in Australia inspired the contrasting choice of fabrics: double-faced duchesse silk satin, silk wool, and the back of charmeuse versus cotton twill, wool Super 160s, silk faille, and cashmere. The fabrics were often doubled for added rigidity and to support the architectural silhouette of the garments.