Grace Gordon


To Love is to Lose, To Lose is to Exist

This collection is meant to be a hazy memory. Something half lost and reconstructed. A recollection of moments coded and arranged on the body.

The integral themes to this body of work are love, intimacy, youth, memory, and loss. And the central inspirations: the girl, the woman, and the muses. I aim to represent grief as it is: an ever-present entity. The act of concealment refers to the perception of one’s grief by others as well as time’s effect on the grieving self.
I adress the self as layered and fragmented through a material exploration of the connection between hard and soft structures: where woven meets knit, and where knit meets metal. And the more poetic recollections of loss are adressed through a process of encoding written text into a fabric through knit stitch patterning, creating a fabric of memory. The silhouettes themselves take shape from utilitarian silhouettes juxtaposed with historical undergarment inspiration forming a romantic utility.


Grief became me. I intend to analyze moments from the point of my loss up to the present. The time that has passed from then to now is a sliding scale, a lens through which the present me glimpses through. I plan to investigate the layered self, ever present and ever changing versions of me that exist as I move through time, further and further away.
What does it mean to lose? What does it mean to conceal the message? What does it mean to lose the loss?
My process of constructing an encoded knit involves written inspiration. Some garments are encoded with a word, others a phrase, and some are comprised of a poem.
The primary stitch methods I used for all of my knits were eyelets, cables, and rib patterns. Depicted throughout these process pages are my notes taken while knitting, and some fragmented poetry.


Final Imagery + outcomes.


Grace Gordon is an NYC-based fashion designer and a recipient of the 2022 CFDA Scholarship Fund. Through her work, she explores fully fashioned knitwear and the union of knits and wovens within a singular garment. Her conceptual process is one of self-introspection - beginning with her own written and visual research wherein she explores themes of grief, memory, love, intimacy, youth, and the self. Her working methods involve a circular methodology, sustainable sourcing, and handcraft. She is inspired by both utilitarian and romantic ideals and strives to create wearable garments that are encoded with deeper messages, both literally through knit stitch manipulations and figuratively through visual and aesthetic methods. Through her work, she aims to portray loss as it is in the everyday: an ever present entity whether visible or concealed.