Graduate Spotlight: Thomas Chu
Inspired by the precision and possibilities that come with tailoring, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) graduate Thomas Chu began to focus on menswear during the middle of his B.F.A degree. For him, using the craftsmanship of a well-tailored suit became his starting point. His collection took notes from Michael Wolf's photograph collections, "Architecture by Density" and "100x100" which showed the beauty of residential buildings and living conditions of the elderly in Hong Kong. Extracting the unnoticed details that are often muted is what he wanted to translate in his work.
The process began by buying garments from Goodwill and deconstructing them. Pockets and collars were placed in unexpected areas like zippers from pants onto a sleeve of a coat to create non-traditional silhouettes.
The second key part of his development was a tedious, yet rewarding venture into dying. Through numbers trials based on timing, fabrication and materials, he organically found his color story of a an ombre blues and pink to salmon families. Surprisingly, the palette reflected the buildings in Hong Kong.
His garments, deconstructed, experimental and unexpected, influenced by Yohji Yamamoto, which he says is one of his favorite designers of all time, is just the beginning for Thomas Chu.