Cast On Cast Off II knitted cocktail dress by Li-Fen Anny Chang. Model: Kirsten Angerbauer. Photo: Candace Moore
Anny Chang takes the ATEXINC Award for Excellence at the ITAA conference
Nov. 18, 2020 — UNT CVAD's Fashion Design program won big at this week's 2020 International Textile and Apparel Association's annual conference! Li-Fen Anny Chang, associate professor, Fashion Design, won the ATEXINC Award for Excellence in Marketable Textile Design — Professional Level won for her cocktail dress titled Cast On Cast Off II! ATEXINC is the Apparel and Textile Education Xchange, a supplier of textile kits, textbooks, e-textbooks, software, samples, and laboratory equipment and supplies. See Chang's winning poster online.
"As a designer and an educator," Chang said, "I am constantly searching for new sources of inspiration. The fashion world moves forward relentlessly, and if you cannot keep up, you will get left behind. Consider knitting, an old technique of producing fabric from strands of yarn; it is an art form often overlooked or considered outdated. However, as a fashion designer, investigating and understanding the technique of knitting posed an interesting opportunity to fully integrate the design process from fiber to finished garment. Therefore, I sought an opportunity to extensively study basic machine knitting to expand my personal creative work while supporting the work of my students. Through networking, I was able to learn hand-driven machine knitting from Dr. Yu, a professor in the Department of Textiles and Clothing at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan. The purpose of the design was to create a cocktail dress using an unconventional material — specifically yarn. The challenge of the design was to create a cocktail dress by assembling existing knitting pieces in a zero-waste manner. Using draping techniques, knits were first laid on the dress form to draw the style lines and design. Once the design was preliminarily established on the dress form, I used hand slip stitching to connect pieces together and finish the raw edge."