Chores ᐧ 25 All the world's
It was the first time since my childhood that
I had my midriff bare out in public
and I remember the self-conscious shape
of my stomach longing for the bite of
the waist trainers my mother bought me but
said were for my posture to spare my pride;
all the world’s
stages closed to me unless I came dressed
for the part, fat safely swaddled in shame.
I bare her whenever I can today
Poem by Shaina Yang
With gentle patches of bead and thread tracing hidden forms across the front in highly textural clusters that invite touch, 25 All the world’s creates an intimate relationship with its wearer by displaying its name on the inner lining across the front opening — as if meant to be read from the inside, not the out. The coat is completed with its paired lining that features glimmers of white in a sea of stripes.
Garment measures 44" cross chest (side seam to side seam), 27" body length (high point shoulder to hem). Made from a vintage 100% cotton chore coat, cotton embroidery floss, glass beads, and lining reconstructed from antique indigo-dyed cotton fabric scraps. Please dry clean or hand wash cold with mild detergent and line dry, warm iron on reverse with a little steam.
Chores ᐧ Collection 2 ᐧ Season 1 (2023, No. 19-28)
Made in collaboration with architect and poet Shaina Yang
and patternmaker Lorraine Lum
This season contains ten embroidered vintage chore coats with reconstructed linings, patchworked from antique indigo-dyed fabric scraps.
Each coat was embroidered in tandem with a corresponding poem written from a memory of the seaside — the seaside providing a consistent backdrop across shifting eras and emotions. Together, they recollect the ways in which our surroundings can witness, support, or even force changes happening on the inside.
Collection photography by Echo Yun Chen
Modeling by Terumi Murao
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