Modernized Deconstructivism, Myung Eun Cha

Modernized Deconstructivism, Myung Eun Cha

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Myung Eun Cha

Fashion Designer

Myung Eun Cha is a womenswear fashion designer who was influenced by her architecture father . She loves layering, asymmetry, variations, contrasts, and a combination of curvilinear and geometric shapes. She is into "modernized deconstructivism”. Myung's design philosophy of “modernized deconstruction” was inspired by deconstructivism, a popular theory in postmodern architecture. 

How did you get into fashion?

I can't say exactly when I became interested in fashion. My dream was to be an architect when I was young but I was aware that it was hard to concretize my the ideas in that field of work. That is one of the reasons why I got into fashion. I can manifest my ideas with greater ease using fabrics; if I just have an idea, I can use papers and a sewing machine to make it work! In fact, I can construct beautiful three-dimensional structures based on women’s body/ body form by draping, cutting, and sewing. Architecture and fashion have similarities;  they both create space and volume out of flat and two-dimensional material, but fashion is a more accessible field for me. It's also fascinating to see how people express themselves by what they wear; how they mix and match fashion items. This also motivates me to create garments imagining those people who wear my collection.

Tell us about the influence of your father’s architecture career?

I had opportunities to see blueprints and numerous pictures of buildings of his projects, and sometimes he took me to actual museums and other buildings which were not open to public yet. Those experiences helped gave me a great sense and understanding of construction/structure of three-dimensional objects naturally. I usually prioritize “structure” or “silhouette” of clothes more than “textile” or “surface design” when I create my own collection.

What’s the inspiration behind your Alluring Disarray: the daily collection?

My thesis collection was entitled “Alluring Disarray”. I got inspiration from my personal space, “room”. I found the contrast between the clean and architectural interior of the room and disorganized clothes hanging on a chair, lying on the floor, or sometimes jumbled together. I combined those characteristics into the construction of the garments. 

Alluring Disarray: the daily collection is kind of a continuation of the thesis collection which is more wearable and daily than the graduation collection.

What are you conveying the film for this collection?

It was for the thesis collection. The woman in the film looks for what to wear in the morning. She walks along beautifully disorganized clothes and the finds best look for her. I want to convey the theme of the collection and also daily life of women.

What does the term 'modernized deconstruction' mean to you

In my third year at Parsons, my professor, Martin, asked me “Are you a leader or follower?" and I started to find my origin of design aesthetics to answer this question and I realized that I was a follower for deconstructivism in fashion and architecture. All about “deconstructivism” gave me motives and inspirations and excitement. I needed a definition what I create. That is “modernized deconstructivism” which is kind of combination of deconstructivism and a bit of minimalism. It sounds awkward but, for example, I love the spirit of minimalism of “Bauhaus” but at the same time, I love deconstructivism of Frank Gehry and Peter Eisenman (renowned deconstructionism architects).

I make deconstructed yet modern, unique but functional, structural yet fluid clothes. 

What can we expect from you over the next few seasons?

I am preparing for SPRING/ SUMMER 19 collection these days and I am trying to focus on “modernized deconstruction” which is my design aesthetic and identity and I make an effort to express it more artistically. I find it is not easy to find a balance between the commercial aspect and artistic aspect of the collection, but I decided to focus more on the latter for now. 

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