Chairos: A Yearn for Beauty
CHAIROS, the merge of ‘Cairo & Chaos’, is a project which investigates the visual challenges & overwhelming nature of everyday Cairene visual culture. It seeks to pay tribute to beauty through the form of patterns translated onto haute-couture pieces, incorporating messages addressed to subliminal zones in Egyptian peoples’ lives where notions of beauty seem to be lacking. This project initiated with a thesis research which investigated the understanding of the notion of beauty as a broad concept, in order to defend its need as an important element in one’s life. The research embarked in an unveiling procedure to interpret the complexity of the notion through the scope of several disciplines, such as fashion, in order to validate its significance. The research outcome shed light on retrieved findings which seemed to pose problem for the question of beauty in Egypt. To improve current situation, findings confirmed a proposed solution to design a series of couture pieces which would reflect beauty lackings in Egypt as an ultimate goal to defend the need for it. Accordingly, the aim of the project’s application part, was to indulge in uncovering challenging realities of Cairene visual culture through photographing and documenting significant visual material demonstrating the initial thesis problem to serve as robust visual content for the project’s design intervention. The result was to create two haute-couture fashion pieces: a statement coat hinting metaphorical connotations to women’s struggles & a couture dress/gilet subliminally visualizing the chaotic environment we live in. Also, a series of scarves were designed and inspired by pattern/composition designs reflecting stressful realities found on a daily basis in Cairo.
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Khalil, Ahmed, "Chairos: A Yearn for Beauty" (2018). Capstone and Graduation Projects. 99.
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