Chapter 7 Discussion
The chapter of discussion was composed of five parts: introduction, reflection on the project, reflection on implications of the project, reflection of the MA experience, and summary.
7.2 Reflection on the project
This was a long-term design project, and everything was fresh to me. Patience was the crucial and essential factor that was needed in such a long project in my view. Fortunately, I learned and gained the patience. Besides, communication was another extremely significant factor. It was essential to communicate and discuss with the pathway tutors and the course mates regularly, for the information of the tutor was the most useful advice in the process of major project. Overall, I achieved these two important factors which also could be described as strengths.
On the other hand, weaknesses existed. The primary research was the most difficult and frustrating sector, for it was difficult to keep in touch with the potential competitors; hence, a chance to learn more and analyse deeper from the potential competitors was missed. To conclude, the result and analysis of primary and market research which was based on the questionnaire was not convincing enough, and it was the main sector which needed to improve in the future.
The main problem which was needed to overcome was the selection of the fabric. Due to sustainable principle, I tried best to find the most sustainable fabrics; however, it was full of challenge. 100% silk organza, 100% silk taffeta and 100% Merino wool which were essential in my project were hard to discover in the fabric market in the UK. After consideration, I decided to order these expensive fabrics from China and finally sorted out the problem.
In a word, the entire process of the project was carried out smoothly following the time management. For me, I learned that patience was the key factor and every process was needed to fulfil step by step.
7.3 Reflection on implications of the project
7.3.1 The theory of cultural identity
In the chapter of literature review, the theory of design culture including cultural identity and gender theory had been discussed briefly. In this chapter, the discussion on design culture was to be continued. As mentioned in literature review, both of the Gibson Girl and the qipao implied significant cultural identities and gender symbolism. For the Gibson Girl, it was new look of the women in a historical period which was the beginning of the 20th century. Women in America began to dress themselves and get rid of the restriction of their body. The most influential dressing style was the Gibson Girl look, it represented the new beauty of American women and the new look of the first decade of 20th century, hence, the Gibson Girl look played a huge role in the transformation of women’s dressing style. After then, the Gibson Girl began to influence the European countries and till now, it is still influencing the entire fashion world with...