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Amber Pollock, FTT 451: Senior Project
Faculty Mentor: Professor Alexandra Eagen, Fashion Textiles and Technology
Originally conceived in Plato’s works Timaeus and Critias, and commonly recognized as a prehistoric utopia, Atlantis met its fateful end, sinking in the depths after losing favor with the Gods for attacking Athens. Pluto’s believed purpose for this tale was to encourage using the story to examine our own ideas of government and power, as well as their limits. To this day Atlantis and its splendor captivate the minds of people around the world without being recognized for its true purpose. So, what should we take away from this acclaimed philosopher? We can acknowledge that we, ourselves, can be like Atlantis. Living in our own reality, our own utopia of a narrow perspective, in which the world, “the Gods” and simply other people revolve around us. This is where world problems begin, in the self. Through a surrealistic approach, mixing various styles, spanning eras, cultures and metaphysical ideologies, The Lost City embodies unification and empowerment. It holds the beauty of the Utopia we all desire to create and thrive in. A world community that prospers together, as we realize we are all the same, only separated by chance and circumstance. I created six dresses that have been described as “Historical, but in the domain of Gods” and “Ethnic in an indescribable way” to empower all women and emphasis that a true Utopia cannot be created without our involvement and ascension into world powers. Through lightweight fabrics like broadcloth, chiffon and organza, and designs centered around draping, The Lost City showcases feminine dynamism.
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Pollock, Amber, "The Lost City: Fashion Design for A Utopian Future" (2020). Business, Fashion & Textile Technology, Hospitality and Tourism. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.