Assassin Sweater

I’ve been thinking a lot about starting my own business for quite some time now. My idea for an online-only boutique that pre-sells items before production spawned the website I just linked to, but there are a lot of behind-the-scenes things that have to happen before I can get my first product on there. Since I currently have a full-time job, and I don’t really know what I’m doing, things have been slow going.

When I do finally get things off the ground, the first product I want to offer is my Assassin Sweater:

assassin sweater

Because of my background as a game artist/my particular love for Character design, I’ve always thought of fashion design as a type of character design for real life. In illustration you change the silhouette, proportions, texture, color, and mood of a character’s physical body to show who a character is. I was taught using fairly Bauhausian principles, so form always follows function. Are they evil or kind? Do they prioritize freedom of movement (very physical, or more stationary)? Are they rich or poor, have they moved around and seen a lot?

In fashion, you show all those things using outfits. I want people to put on the clothes and become their character. But this is different from cosplay/costuming; you are the assassin, not a facsimile of some existing assassin. The character is built off you, and the clothing adds to you instead of defining you as something that you’re not. Clothing should give you freedom to move between roles, and offer you a way to express different facets at different times. And combinations are also important; the assassin sweater worn with fitted shorts and combat boots is different from the same sweater worn with skinny jeans and stilettos. The people who might wear these combinations could be the same person, or totally different people. But the piece itself offers you options to move between these roles without sacrificing your character. At least, it does in my dreamer version of the world.

The brand I want to start has always been called RPG. Geeky as it is, that’s how I really feel about how we dress and present ourselves; we are taking on different roles and playing them throughout our lives. One person will play many different roles in life, and I want to provide a playful and expressive wardrobe for all those occasions.

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