Michael Yuxiao Zhang

Trope deconstruction

Class of: 2023

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Garment

Faculty: Michelle Nahum-Albright

Prompt: Exploring fashion through culture.

Exploring the topic of uplifting femininity and deconstructing western power dressing tropes in order to shed a renewed perception on Asian identities during a time of bigotry and widespread xenophobia. Hanfu, neckpiece and face mask made from sourced silks and Western suiting fabrics, a new manner of power dressing not as an attack on traditional modalities but rather a meditation upon realizing that contextual relays and bounds within fashion are to be broken and questioned in order to allow for multimodal expressions of femininity and masculinity without bounds.