The tartan pattern is more commonly composed of intricate lines of colours on a wool fabric and is more commonly associated with Scottish heritage since the XVIIe century (Neuville, 2013). Under the lens of the artist Chaney Diao, the tartan become more than a print. Loosing its materiality and digitalized the possibilities are enlarged and the pattern enters a new dimension, when not appliqué on a fabric it can be distorted, layered and each intersections uses as pixels for the purpose of futuristic image making in fashion. This synonym of tradition and Scottish national identity in the general view is extruded from its context and brought to a new interpretation, transcended on digital interfaces. Playful and meaningful her work of deconstruction is a representation of both renewal in the way fashion is treated yet including as a base an archaic symbol of fashion making.
 This first hint about Chaney Diao’s reemployment of the tradition could be seen as pretty obvious but we can argue that the whole hyphenation from the materiality of garments making is in fact and in essence a way to create through her unique vision the transition between tradition and modernity in fashion. Fashion is used for its imagery but not provoked in the sense that garments are not the finality of this project while still being part of a fashion design project in a modern and avant-gardist vision.



words by Marien Brandon

Exploration into Tartan pattern from pixels to image

Exploration into Human figure, Tartan dress, and Wearing Tartan Dress from pixels to image. Interpretation of a Tartan Dress as a flat image.

pixel human face
pixel human face

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deconstruct human imagery
deconstruct human imagery

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a tartan dress
a tartan dress

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pixel human face
pixel human face

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Tartan Opacity and Dimensionality, in relation to wearing behaviours 

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Expanding flat image of Tartan Wearing under the study of Opacity and Dimensionality. Experiment.

25% tartan
25% tartan

Expanded tartan in 3D space and its relation to body

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100% tartan
100% tartan

100% tartan in 3D space and its relation to body

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100% tartan details
100% tartan details

details of the 100% tartan

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25% tartan
25% tartan

Expanded tartan in 3D space and its relation to body

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the Trinity of Tartan Dress

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