• Fashion + Function

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design


    New York fashion designer Yeohlee Teng approaches the human body as an architect might approach a new site: meticulously, with a mathematical precision and an emphasis on economy and material, this 2004 National Design Award winner treats all built work as an inseparable complement to the body landscape.

    Teng pioneered an early collaboration with Nano-Tex http://www.nano-tex.com/index.html, a high-tech textile manufacturer, and the resulting innovations have given rise to linen that doesn’t wrinkle and silk that can be doused in water, illustrating Teng’s philosophy that everyday usability over preciousness should be a basic tenet of good design.

    Teng often draws on architectural forms and mathematical structures in her work, and under her direction, a mobius strip can become a cocoon-like shawl, an evening gown can appropriate the construction of a suspension bridge, and one rectangular piece of fabric can be cut and reconfigured to construct an entire garment, such that there are no scraps or waste.

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