'Freeze 2013' by Hsi-An Chu: silicone "below zero" becomes fabric
What sound does a rabbit make when treading on a thin slate of ice? One immediately thinks of acute and crystalline creaks, that echo in unpredictable directions. Young fashion designer Hsi-An Chu was inspired by a similar image for her collection "Freeze 2013".
Presented during her MA in Digital Fashion at the University of the Arts in London, "Freeze 2013" interprets the image of frozen water, or its passage from one state to the other, with a truly surprising material: silicone.
This inorganic polymer indeed has among its properties the fact it can be easily worked into any form and mass production. It can be rigid or pliable depending on the density and the proportions. So it can easily reproduce water during the process of being frozen, or even ice itself, and be turned into a textile.
Starting with these characteristics, Hsi-An Chu worked on the transparencies, semi-transparencies and opacity of silicone, playing with the sensations one might feel looking from inside or above a frozen surface. A geometric forest of superimposed layers that result in great richness of fabrics for fashion.