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Sziszi Jiang
Fashion and Textile Design MA

Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Apparel / Textiles - Print

My location: Budapest, Hungary

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Sziszi Jiang

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First Name: Sziszi

Last Name: Jiang

University / College: Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest

Course / Program: Fashion and Textile Design MA

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Apparel / Textiles - Print

My Location: Budapest, Hungary

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PRETTIER THAN YOU'LL EVER BE

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In my diploma, I proved that feminine masculinity in the current pop culture is not a new idea, it has its historical precedents. I compared eastern and western examples, and after intertwining them I ended up with the K-pop phenomenon. The Korean wave hasn’t just introduced a new genre but showed us a way of portraying alternative male beauty ideals. I was inspired by the expression flower boy, which is the dominant male beauty standard. These beautiful and dainty boys and their music have played a big part in my teenage years, this is a homage to them. I was motivated by the genderless aesthetic and the illusionistic narratives. I have experimented with the volume of silhouettes with extremely overdrawn shapes to reflect this generous but also body-conscious attitude that kpop has. I wanted to make prints as well, that show tension and harmony and disharmony with the silhouettes. I wanted to show this nearly religious admiration that the fans offer to their beloved idols. That’s why I used flowers as motifs of sacrifice with Floriology as a guide. During the process, I have chosen expressions that embody this relationship: admiration and devotion but it also has toxic sides as well. I worked on the prints and shapes at the same time, they have influenced each other and they have bloomed into this unique cacophony. As a result, I’ve designed an experimental clothing and pattern collection for men that reflect the playful, fluid and alternative reality that k-pop holds.