behind my concept ~ shadow ~


have you ever notice the existence of your shadow ?

i can't remember how and why i came across it but i'm just so glad that i did.

it was during my second year.
we were given the freedom to choose-your-own theme/concept for your collection.
i was really struggling.

but i can't remember how and why i came across it but i'm just so glad that i did.

i could recall myself

wandering in the street trying to take like, hundreds shots of people's shadows;

standing in the sun trying to trace the movement of my own shadow;

straying myself in the library looking for and reading philosophy-theory books

those were the days .

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have you heard of a classical story Peter Schlemihl, the man who lost his shadow?

if you like reading classical stories you might have read this.

here is the story if you haven't heard so.

Peter Schlemihl
(( One day, Peter, a poor boy is approached by a ‘grey man’ who makes a proposition with him. In exchanging a magic purse which will always be full of gold, Peter has to trade in his own shadow. Suddenly becoming wealthy, Peter also becomes unhappy. People are repulsed by him because he has deprived his shadow. Peter then had a chance to retrieve his shadow when the ‘grey man’ proposes another deal by having Peter’s soul on his death. Resists to do so, Peter then throws the magic purse away. He has saved his soul but lost his shadow. From that moment on, he lives in isolation.  ))

behind my concept

what is apparent to extract from this story is that the purpose of basing the representation on the shadow; turning its transition from unimportance to valuable. 

the shadow is an irremovable ‘prototype’ but undetectable for us. from this perspective, I looked into the concept of personal shadow of consciousness.  

the attitude and relationship between the shadow and its owner is significant. it is through the shadow that we could find and define our identity and embrace our body.  

shadow gives us weight and three dimensionality.

without shadow, we would become insubstantial. shadow is a stranger to us; but also a representation of our soul and the imperfections within us.

humans are not structural and available without shadow.

to discover individuation and what is important to us, i had applied shadow as a vital object that we are incapable to lose. 

attaching and suspending on our body to protect it, my garment is a very straightforward symbolization and expression of my thoughts and how we should tried to keep and hold on still to our shadows, not wanting to lose it ...


i had also exploited this story, applying it into my first original shadow concept 

- suspend -

arinakhoo suspending dress
suspending dress
i had create a dress itself as an implement for shadow.

arinakhoo suspending dress
suspending dress

... you are wearing your shadow

... you do not want to lose it.


the front hem was elongated, falling and laying like a shadow.
this long piece of fabric was intended to play the role of your
shadow ; then suspended (hanged) onto your body.

fun fact - it could actually work as a scarf couldn't it ?

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