Silk, polyester, cotton, natural and synthetic fibers.
Switching up conventions about the body and beauty, this series of garments is based on anatomy, representing internal systems in wearable form. Each garment is inspired by a different system of the human body: lung, ligaments, and nervous system; each created in a different method incorporating reality capture, 3D scans of the body, and digital manufacturing processes that can be used in healthcare. The pieces are laser cut in soft, fine fabrics and hand finished with couture sewing techniques into the final garment.
Many of the models featured in the “Internal Dialogue” short film showcasing this collection have a special connection to the work, including one model who had a double lung transplant, wearing “Second Chance”, a dress based on lungs.
Amy Karle and Michael Koehle collaborated to create the pattern for the corset of this gown, using algorithmically driven software based in Pepakura, a Japanese paper folding technique. Karle further designed a digital pattern by hand for the entire gown based off of the algorithmically created top pieces. The pattern pieces were designed for low waste manufacturing and laser cut out of leather backed with raw silk dupioni; leather being representative of skin and red silk representing the blood, muscles, and internal aspect of the body. Amy Karle then hand and machine sewed the pieces into the final dress.
This body of work considers how cancer alters the body and perception of self. The pieces serve to study and replicate the transitions of cancer and what is left afterwards. Amy Karle begins by turning the body inside out, envisioning internal models of what the body and self experience. She externalizes this vision into a form outside of the body with the bulbous dramatization of shapes, specimen-like embellishments, l.e.d. highlighting, marked deterioration through disintegrating fabric treatments, use of meat and self-dismembering garments. The theme of cancer and its’ effects is the departing point of the work, delving into many facets of cancer to capture the enigma of contentment after fight.
Presented in fashion show format for American Cancer Society Benefit 2005
ONE OF A KIND COUTURE
A collection of mixed-media garments designed and made by Amy Karle while considering processes of deconstruction and reconstruction, experimenting with the decomposition of fabrics and recomposing treated textiles into wearable garments.
Initially presented in runway format at “Fashionably Detroit” Eastern Market Detroit, Michigan.