Fashion as Armor 3 – Bay

After I did some research on Asian armor, specifically Japanese Samurai’s armor, I realize that almost all the armor around the world are surprisingly similar. Chainmail, layered metal plates and exclusively for male are abundant in virtually in every armor design around the world, some of the few differences are the arrangement of the metal plates and the embellishments. In addition, the designs and embellishments of the armors from whatever culture were already made to be flattering on human body, for example, the photos I provided in Blog 1 show how each piece was made and tailored to the wearer, so I took the inspiration quite directly and so I want to challenge myself a little bit more so I start looking into “Natural Armor.”

When I think of natural armor I usually think of a turtle or an armadillo; they both have rock hardcover to protect them from outside threats such as predators. Turtle’s shell is one of the strongest biological structure in an animal, it helps safeguard turtle against predators because it is nearly impossible to bite through the shell(Zug, 2018). Armadillos also have a hard exterior, however, not as hard as turtles’ shell. With that said their strategy is to roll themselves into a big ball when they feel threatened, and one more exciting thing about armadillo is that their covering is divided into bands(Peterson, 2017), which is almost exactly the same as layered metal plates in human armor. Nevertheless, I don’t think that neither turtle nor armadillo would look the best on the human body because of rather dull colors.

There are also decorative natural armor such as bird and their fathers, and poison dart frog colorful but deadly. For these kinds of colorful animal, they don’t have the physical strength or shell integrity to protect them from their predator, so the needs these kinds of the protection mechanism. The color of these animals are very vivid and vibrant, so they are going to be safe because they have color as their armor. As I already am interested in anatomy and physiology, I will be having a lot of fun researching and designing for the next blog.

Works Cited

“Armadillo Mealtime!” Youtube, uploaded by Brave Wilderness, 10 Nov. 2017, Accessed 29 Mar. 2019.

“Deadly Poison Dart Frog?” Youtube, uploaded by Brave Wilderness, 7 June 2016, Accessed 29 Mar. 2019.

Zug, George R. “Turtle.” Encyclopædia Britannica, 23 Nov. 2018, Accessed 29 Mar. 2019.

2 thoughts on “Fashion as Armor 3 – Bay

  1. bessgoldstein


    I think it is so cool that you are trying to challenge yourself by stepping outside the realm of typical armor structures. I don’t know much about this, but it find it fascinating, and you explain it really well. The way you also explain how animals in the real world have armor and their correlating patterns sounds like you’re setting yourself up for an interesting challenge. I can’t wait to see more!

  2. Yuchen Cao

    I think it is amazing that you are taking ideas from nature and incorporate them into your design! It is a special way to recognize, appreciate and celebrate the beauty of nature. I look forward to your designs!


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