Fashion Without Fabric, or FWOF, is an (in)famous UW-Stout art project and competition normally required for 3D design experience — a fundamental class for any art or design major. Unfortunately, it has been canceled this year due to the pandemic.
The competition is pretty much what it sounds like: Students design (based on a specific prompt) a wearable piece of fashion without standard fabric and present it on the runway.
So what would a COVID-themed FWOF look like? Comics artist Emma Ozark takes a comedic guess at the potential projects students could create. Check back every Monday for the next four weeks for a new model, and vote on your favorite!
“Balloon Buddy” Emma Ozark/ Stoutonia
After being called “Balloon Buddy” at their job because they wore gloves, this student expressed their frustration in a literal sense by modifying a giant inflatable balloon with extending arms, intended so they never have to touch anyone. They take it one step further and give “Balloon Buddy” an outfit made of balloons with beach-ball shorts and shoes.