ROYAL MELBOURNE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Australia

XIANGQIAO SHENG

LUXURY

An exploration of the fashion industry over time, from using valuable material and fussy silhouette in 17th century as a representation of ‘luxury’, to the proficient design skills in 19th century, to today, where the importance of time-cost, originality, uniqueness, big thinking and even breaking convention becomes the criterion of ‘luxury’. Luxury is reinterpreted in this collection, with traditional luxury fabrics (leather and fur) subverted with snake skin and fur that aims to break the routine of traditional fashion and show its superficiality and cruelty. Sharp and strong lines symbolize the social status of the buyers whose buying decisions cost the lives of the animals needed to make the fur, while handmade pins crafted onto a dress acknowledged the time-consuming process of luxury garments and its human cost.