Fashion as Armor-Bay

Inclusion is one of the reasons why I want to pursue fashion design as my major. When I was young, I was bullied for being fat every single day without fail. One day, I thought that wearing designer goods would make people stop caring about my body. For once, I could fit in, and instead care about what I wear. The effect though was the opposite. They didn’t even bother to look at what I have, they continued to bully me; however, for some reason I felt confident and strong. I stood up for myself for the first time, and that is when my love for fashion grew. It wasn’t until this past summer that I realized that I don’t need to fit in, and in fact, I don’t need to fit in to what the society tells me to do. I don’t like fashion just because it is aesthetically pleasing and pretty. I love fashion because it makes me feel stronger. I want to create “armor” for people to wear and feel as if they could conquer the world.

A lot of people might think that fashion is just clothes that are used to cover up one’s body. After I did some researches on fashion history dated back to the Renaissance, I found out that fashion is very important more so than in the present. Fashion tells people everything about the wearer, for example, Elizabeth the 1st she is one of the very important trend-setter. She always wears something very ostentatious and big, in term of size. Fashion in Renaissance period act both as social rank and “armor” at the same time, as nobody dares to harm noblewomen or royalties.

Figure 1: Portrait of Elizabeth I of England

For this first blog, I want to focus on the actual armor that has been worn into a battlefield in the Renaissance period. I looked into the structure, arrangement, and purpose of each component that resemble an armor. Because in this chaotic world makes me feel as though when I leave my house I need armor to protect myself from the world. I will sketch an (at least) 5 pieces collection for my first study about the armor from Medieval and Renaissance period in Europe with 20th-century fashion integrated to each design.

Figure 2: Medieval and Renaissance Armor Illustration

Figure 2 is provided by Bay Chaitrakulthong ’19

Works Cited

Hennessy, Kathryn, and Anna Fischel. Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style. New York, DK Publishing, 2012.

Queen Elizabeth 1st. ThoughtCo, DotDash,

2 thoughts on “Fashion as Armor-Bay

  1. Yuchen Cao

    Fascinating topic and amazing drawing! I love the title “Fashion as Armor”. I really appreciate you sharing your personal interpretation of fashion, especially how it gives you strength. I agree that fashion could be an important aspect of an individual. Our human tendency to attach meanings to objects makes fashion an integral part of our lives. One little suggestion– maybe your could include some information about the armors that you drew. Looking forward to your future blog posts!

  2. Dhillon

    This is a really fascinating topic! I am excited to read more about your joureny through fashion. Your story about how fashion and clothing has influenced you really touched me. Your drawings of the armor were amazing. I wish I had artistic ability like you!


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