For this project I wanted to create a modern twist on classic. This is my interpretation of a motorcycle style vest. The right side closure has been extended to over the left breast with a zipper closure. This design follows the aesthetics and style in which I appropriate. I have created this vest off of a basic mens pattern in which I have modified.
This project was also inspired by the impeccable tailoring I saw at Casa De La Mariachi in Boyle Heights. As a nod to mariachi culture, I embellished my welt pocket with a floral motif. I have also written a haiku entitled, Mariachi.
Guitar strings twang
Lost love, strong love, blessed love
I wanted to create a garment that served a purpose. Artful fashion is exquisite but fashion can also be utilitarian. As far as our daily lives go, fashion in our world is about presentation and not preening and I believe my garment has achieved that.
Also, in looking for inspiration for my poem I found this haiku, it’s quite fitting.
Mariachi by Wabi Sabi
south of the border
street musicians serenade
other men’s wives