new york
new york
united states
University / School:
parsons the newschool for design
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Production Location:
united states
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Collection – The Playful Imagination

For my collection, rather than having a serious and profound concept, I wanted to make a fun and playful collection. I started my collection by investigating about children’s imagination. They are very absurd, but have a lot of strong potentials. We can see children’s amazing creativity abilities through various approaches such as sketching, drawing, writing, scribbling and playing. To get a more accurate and plentiful inspiration, I pulled out my childhood’s drawings and paintings. I always drew characters I met in my imagination onto my sketchbook. Based on my childhood pictures, I got my color board and creative designs to express my ideas.

For example, for some of my garments designs, I focused mostly on the fun methods of wearing the garment. Just like how little children wear clothes however they like, I tried designing my garments in the same manner. I used deconstruction methods to make a playful design to wear. By putting your head through the armhole, taking out your hands from the collar and wearing the sleeve as you would wear a pant, I portrayed my garment like one would have thought you worn it mistakenly. Also, I exaggerated the parts of a shirt to mimic how a little child would look like when wearing their parent’s oversized shirt.

The more I researched, I found interesting connections between children’s imagination and Memphis design, a Milan-based design movement in 1980. Due to stereotyped rules put on products, product designers had to consider the standard shapes, colors, textures, and patterns before putting their designs into production. The purpose of Memphis design was created to go against and desolate the boring lifestyles and rules created during this period. In retrospect in executing the change, Memphis design was composed of playful geometric shapes with bright and pastel colors. Hence, I wanted to create my new Memphis design by combining the mood and colors of the sophisticated designs a along with my childhood visualizations.
Min Kyung Kim is a womenswear fashion designer based in New York City graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in 2017. Her design expresses happiness and playfulness through the usage of texture, pattern and mood of various fabric materials. She likes to draw her emotion and inspiration directly on her design without any complication. She derives a lot of her inspiration from intimate relationship that she has with herself, family and friends. The bright energy and love that her family and friends have on her affect her design greatly.