A dialogue between style design and the subject of neuroscientific degenerative ailments – Interview with New York dressmaker GE Jiayue
Have you ever paid attention to dementia? Or have you ever thought about what you can do for this group with your expertise, or even learned what they experienced? If you’re too busy to ponder these questions, Jiayue Ge, a young but talented fashion designer, has developed a deep interest in Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in neuroscience. She integrates her understanding of these topics and design skills into her craft. Their unique design concepts sparked controversy at the Pratt Institute. Nowadays we have the opportunity to have an in-depth interview with her and learn how she can interpret her design work.
After graduating from the Pratt Institute’s fashion design program, she gradually developed a distinctive design style and at the same time mastered systematic craftsmanship. Jiayue said that while she knew her future goal was to become an outstanding independent designer from the day she entered school, it was necessary to study various but challenging compulsory subjects. “It is difficult for any designer to find their own style at the beginning. The best way to find your way around is to follow pioneers in the industry. ‘She noticed. Some of the compulsory subjects are not directly related to fashion design, but have a long-term impact on their design foundation and philosophy. During her studies, Jiayue joined designer Yara Flinn’s studio and worked as a design assistant.
Jiayue believes that while working as a design assistant for Yara Flinn, she learned how to build an independent fashion brand and strengthen her design mindset. The experience formed an essential basis for her knowledge of branding. She then entered the studio of German designer Melitta Baumeister in New York City and learned how to use advanced clothing materials to express unique artistic concepts in her work. At the same time, the girl was inspired to apply her understanding of neuroscience in design.
However, the idea of using different pieces of clothing to clearly express their neuroscientific subjects was not easy. ‘
At the beginning of my final project at school, my tutor was unable to give me any specific guidance, because hopefully I want to express an invisible concept. But he encouraged me to imagine the reality of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and ALS. He suggested that I use some experiments with human art and feel how difficult the patients want to live in society. So I tied my hands and feet and tried my best to visualize the patient’s complicated feelings. After several experiments and adjustments, I finally produced the work, “says Ge Jiayue.
At the Pratt Institute’s RunWay of Fashion Design 2018, her design was nominated for one of the best work among graduates.
Jiayue will be building her independent brand in New York City. She decides to deepen her awareness of neuroscientific topics in her own brand and hopes to create more pieces that encourage society to pay more attention to these disease stricken groups, but they are being ignored.
“By making these garments, I want to express that everyone has their struggles in life and people can’t help but avoid fights. We had no choice but to try to hug them and go through them. Decisions of the Life’s not only we make it but only us who can change. ”She noted.