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Meredith Buck
Fashion Design BFA

Academy of Art University

Graduates: 2021

Specialisms: Atelier - Pattern Cutting / Apparel / Accessories

My location: San Francisco, United States

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Academy of Art University

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Meredith Buck

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First Name: Meredith

Last Name: Buck

University / College: Academy of Art University

Course / Program: Fashion Design BFA

Graduates: 2021

Specialisms: Atelier - Pattern Cutting / Apparel / Accessories

My Location: San Francisco, United States

Website: Click To See Website

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Meredith Buck is a sewist, weaver, and jack-of-all-trades artist based in Kailua Kona, Hawaii. Learn more about Meredith on her website: http://www.meredithbuck.studio/ or Instagram account: @meredithbuck.studio

Rainbows & Butterflies

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Spring 2018 Semester: Fashion Design level 3 Final Project Rainbows and Butterflies is a commentary on idealism and hardship. It plays on classic American workwear by delving into colonial history and associated dress, from pioneers through textile mills at the turn of the 20th century. I think there is a common perception among Americans (particularly those of colonial descent) that settling a "new frontier" is a wonderful thing, without considering the grim reality of what that necessitates and implies. Likewise, much of the workwear and everyday garments that even wealthy Americans turn to again and again have functional and work-oriented roots. Though the modern class structure has removed a larger portion of the (white) population from manual work, the influence of workwear remains close at-hand even in expensive wardrobes meant only for looking good. When one is able to recognize their world and their history as a story of "rainbows and butterflies", the capacity to engage with gritty reality changes. The clothes in this collection are meant to seem a part of the world of "rainbows and butterflies". They are wholly impractical, meant totally for the sake of fashion. Yet a closer look reveals fabrics, textures, colors and details that connect to a much more demanding past and to a history of colonial force. When things look appealing on the surface, more often than not there is much more to learn.