"Tattered" - A Design Thesis
by Courtney Yu
Dress Transformation Chart
Painting #1 - Dress Shop
The vain Veera admires herself in the mirror as the seamstress and attendants fit her ballgown.
Painting #2 - Street
As she exits the Dress Shop, a mysterious Beggar asks for charity. Ignoring him, Veera marches past him to enter her waiting palanquin. She does not realize that the Beggar casts a curse upon her gown.
Painting #3 - Ballroom Wide Shot
As Veera makes her grand entrance into the Ballroom, she does not realize that her transformation has begun.
Painting #4 - Ballroom Med Shot
The guests look in horror as Veera's gown changes to that of a middle-class dress. Ashamed, Veera flees the Ballroom and runs into the Tea Shop.
Painting #5 - Tea Shop
Thinking she would belong here, Veera enters the Tea Shop. Unbeknownst to her, the dress transforms once again to a low-class outfit in front of everyone. Veera is kicked out and she flees to the Tavern.
Painting #6 - Tavern
Entering the Tavern, her dress changes again into the lowest of rags. Even ruffians have their standards as they literally throw her out the backdoor into the heap of trash below the town, known as the Slums.
Painting #7 - The Slums
Officially hit rock bottom, Veera's surroundings now match her rotten personality and she does not like what she sees. Crying into the muck, she regrets her past behavior as she must now live like that beggar.
It's been a long and challenging journey, but finally my thesis is complete! These paintings were part of a PowerPoint presentation with my recorded narration and artistic commentary, which I will upload at a later time. Please comment below and let me know what you think!