To enlighten the viewer (or wearer) on the swimsuit with a cape, I shall provide here a brief explanation of my theme and how it came about:
Briefly, it explores the defensive attitude that humans have with nature.
A brilliant reference point for me, and an excellent way for the viewer to understand this concept, is the book The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham, written in 1951. An illustration of the post-apocalyptic novel is shown above; the story of a sort of whip-like plant species that conquers world. Basically it details a powerful natural force and consequential human fear.
I have observed two juxaposing aesthetics in design today, which I categorise as decay and armor. The natual environment’s power is seen in many designs, where organic shapes and lines are prevelant, with fashion designers like Rodarte referencing decay with misformed knits or architects like youmeheshe imitating the spiders web to connect their structures.
Meanwhile, the agressive forms of armor are prevelant in car design, think Jeep, and in the shoulders of fashion design, see most designer collections.
To be so defensive toward nature is inefficient, and defines the reason for sustainability, where design works with, not against, natural form. Or at least, this is the purpose, hopefully one day to be realised. Of course, I will not insert the lengthy information that is available on this topic, but will passionately recommend anyone to research sustainability in design or even nature as inspiration for design (search TED talks on ted.com).
To develop a swimsuit that harnesses the practicality and steamlined likeness of nature I looked at the features of sportswear. I particularly like Mark Fast’s combination of streamlined practicality with organic lines in the form of handcrafted inserts.