“I applied lessons learned over six years of training as a painter to the aesthetic of my garments, which juxtapose delicate prints on a sportswear collection and combine ancient painting techniques and modern digital printing.”
Yoonsun Choi is from South Korea, where she earned a BFA prior to enrolling at Parsons. During her studies at Parsons, her background in fine art helped her to achieve a unique aesthetic, which she applied in full in her thesis collection. "Inspired by my own Oriental painting, this collection represents a study in contrasts. I applied lessons learned over six years of training as a painter to the aesthetic of my garments, which juxtapose delicate prints on a sportswear collection and combine ancient painting techniques and modern digital printing.
"Floral prints complement the movement created by the oversize, simple shapes of the garments. Fragile yet vibrant, flowers epitomize the contradictions found in nature, providing the perfect visual foundation to build my collection. Modern digital printing techniques enabled me to transfer painted images onto organza, organdy, chiffon, stretch fabric, jersey, cotton, and leather. Accents to the prints were hand-painted on organza and organdy.
"The collection also pairs accessories associated with an active lifestyle, such as a skateboard and headphones, with elegant floral paintings. Although the uses for these items may at first seem to conflict with the way they have been adorned, flowers also embody vibrancy and movement. This collection is a study of such contradictions, blending ancient with modern, delicate with vibrant, sophisticated with the unrefined."