BODY POLITIC // Isko denim
When looking at a population map, you are unable to visually see the differences between rich and poor, male or female, gay or straight. There is only color, and that color is the dark blue that is typically used as a foundation for denim. Standing in an urban environment, one can see the denim bridging the gap between socioeconomic statuses as well as stratification of society through a racial lens. While wearing denim, one is no longer a multimillionaire working as the CEO of a company, or an impoverished member of the low income class. Through denim, people are seen as one. They are perceived not by their background, but by the denim they wear.
In contrast, suburban areas on a population map are sparsely lit with varying shades of blue. When immersed in these regions, one can see the minute differences between people; furthermore, one can recognize the different densities within denim. My work is an exploration of visualizing denim through the motif of density. The contrasting density of the fabric, the silhouettes, and the washes brings together the dissonance between an urban and suburban setting. In reality, the city is teeming with people of different cultural backgrounds, different religious beliefs, and different economic strata. These people all carry their own stories while wearing their own styles of denim. Regardless of how they differ from one another, they wear their denim in bold and unique ways. In an ideal world, denim levels out society. Denim eliminates the superficial lining between human beings and allows people to define themselves by the denim they wear.
BODY POLITIC explores varying urban demographics through maps, thoughtful research, and visual documentation regarding the working class. It explores urban spaces through innovative draping starting with geometric shapes such as squares, and circles, workwear silhouettes, and experimentation with different densities in the selected denim. BODY POLITIC explores similarities between people from all walks of life. It further merges the gap between varying social classes. BODY POLITIC will continue to push the idea that society is ONE through denim. It encourages fearlessness, boldness, and modernism while introducing femininity in a new light.
March 2018 Ashley Romasko was one of 20 students selected as a finalist to proceed through the next steps of the I-SKOOL Denim competition. She will work with ISKO in Venice, Italy to manufacturing her denim jumpsuit while making a show piece to compete with in July of 2018. She attended a four day seminar at ISKO headquarters in March to learn about rinsing, washing, and treating denim as well as ISKO's sustainability practices. The entirety of this project served as her initial design proposal.
Show piece paired with manufactured garment at the final jury presentation in Milano, Italy.
In collaboration with RECA Branding, I developed a branding package for my denim; thinking about how it could be sold, produced, and manufactured around the world whether the idea was geared towards a show setting or a commercial audience.