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Knitwear

Jungna Nana Park

Jungna Nana Park is a designer specializing in knitwear, currently based in London studying at Royal College of Art. She comes from various places, including Chicago, where she studied fine arts and fashion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, worked as a designer at a design label in New York, and Seoul, where she spent her childhood. Having spent her time in various locations across the globe, she was persistently met with expectations as a woman. Inspired by personal encounters with preconceived notions of living as a female in today’s society, she questions what it means to live as a woman, confronts the prescribed notions of beauty, and embraces the beauty of being different and having flaws.


Her personal experiences are heavily embedded in her work, exploring the perception of body image for her final collection.


Her recent works were featured in various magazines, including Vogue Italy, Sicky Mag, and Exhibition Magazine held its fashion week five days with five designers; she was selected as the new designer from fashion in the ”YOUNG DESIGNERS” series. 

Degree Details

School of Design

Knitwear

My concept started from looking at stories of girls transforming their bodies to conform to a type of body, chasing after the prescribed notions of beauty that society has set for us. The girls you see in my research are real girls, you and me. I am and was undoubtedly one of them. I lived in four different big cities; however, I was expected to be of a specific size, which is incomprehensible to my understanding, wherever I lived. 


When I was smaller, she said

“You are way too small!”


When I was bigger, he said, 

“You are bigger than what I expected.” 


When I wore something baggy, you said

“Why aren’t you revealing your body shape?” 


When I wore something tight, someone remarked on my thighs that what I wore was not appealing to my body shape. 


The collection is about self, confusion, and obsession with body image. It explores the ever-changing perception of body image through revealing, controlling, and compressing the fluidity of lightweight fabrics underneath sheer knit. The silhouettes follow and frame the natural body shape, while some disrupt the form with fabric protruding from the gaps. The collection intends to reflect on my experience and embrace imperfections.  

Process
Fitting
Vogue Italy
Vogue Italy
Vogue Italy
Vogue Italy
SIXTEEN JOURNAL
SICKY MAG
SICKY MAG
EXHIBITION MAGAZINE
EXHIBITION MAGAZINE
EXHIBITION MAGAZINE
EXHIBITION MAGAZINE
EXHIBITION MAGAZINE
DESIGN SCENE
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