adream about clothes

© christina choi
ABOUT the book

I have always been interested in clothes and eventually got to study fashion design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London.
I started drawing this kind of illustration since I was a child and began to draw smaller ones like this when I was at high school.

At first, I drew it for fun, just to give myself a simple pleasure.
At the time, like many other high school students, I was living under huge pressure and stress, and it was the only way that I could escape from harsh reality. 

The dresses were exactly like my life of the time.
I dreamed of many things, but in reality, most of them were not allowed for me.
However, I felt that drawing the dresses freed my soul and it took me to somewhere of my imagination.

I dreamed about going to a ball wearing the dresses like a princess or Cinderella.
I went to the cocktail party on the fancy yacht.
I went on a picnic with my friends inside the beautiful woods.
It all happened in my imagination.
The dresses carried my wishes, desires and emotions.

Girls are growing up playing with Barbies and paper dolls.

Actually, it's not just playing with the dolls, but it's dreaming.

I played with the dolls, too but wasn't satisfied with the ready-made clothes for the dolls, so I made my own dresses for my barbies and I drew my own designs on paper.

It wasn't just because the dresses were not pretty enough, but I felt that it wasn't me.

I drew them in anywhere.

At school, at home, anywhere I was.

All my classmates and friends were crazy about my illustration.

They wanted to get even a tiny piece of them or the photocopies.

I've got more than 150 sheets of black and white drawings and 50 sheets of watercolour ones.

When I showed them to my director at Saint Martins, he was completely fascinated with them and told everyone to come and see.

He said "I completely understand you. Do whatever you want."

We still dream about many things and we need a space for ourselves.

This gift book/diary provides with a very personal space in which anyone can dream about what they wish for.

They can choose the dresses they like among the stickers given and put them on to the pages of the book, and they write their thoughts, schedule, note, anything they like.

And they can even draw their dream clothes.

This book will help them realise how their emotions transform and how to transform their emotions into the book eventually.

Then the book will finally be completed by the users.

It's not just about clothes or fashion design, but it is about one's life.

Clothes are not just the things that merely cover the body.
They are the most intimate means of expression.
I think that is the most significant difference that distinguishes clothes and fashion design from other forms of art.
That may be why a lot of people are fond of clothes, but not everyone can afford what they want.

I hope they can dream about their own clothes and finally make their dreams come true through this book.