Before I head off on a tangent talking about padding breast cups and matching seams, I should start at the beginning, a very good place to start.
Having been given the brief for Woollen Mermaids at the end of last semester, I could have spent the entire summer on the beach researching first hand the type of swimwear people wear today. Only I didn’t, I jumped on a plane and spent my summer playing in the snow. The only swimwear I saw all summer were those in vintage markets around Europe. This factor influenced my designing for this project heavily.
I chose to focus my attention on the ‘tailoring’ of the swimsuits. The dart placement, the shape of the breast cup, panel lines and seam. I began to look at shapes within the suit and not at the suit itself.
I found this short film by Chuck Jones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmSbdvzbOzY
I figured if Chuck Jones can make a 10 minute film about a dot, a line and a squiggle, then I should be able to make a collection of swimsuits based on the same idea….