Digital Fashion: The Future Guardian Of The Past
Digital Fashion: The Future Guardian Of The Past
Missing crystals and tears along the back zip closure of Marilyn Monroe’s Jean Louis dress that was recently sported by Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala, stirred up the community of fashion historians and textile conservators. Experts insisted that the ultra-delicate gown should not be worn again after the American actress’s ‘Happy Birthday’ serenade for J.F. Kennedy in 1962, not even with the utmost care as the smallest damage could have a long-term effect on the age-old garment.

What if we digitalise these archive pieces? Not only can the virtual equivalents be worn for as many times as one wishes without suffering the slightest defect, more importantly, they can also help preserve time-honoured garment-making techniques, signature looks of legendary designers, unique aesthetics of art movements and endangered cultures thanks to their everlasting digital materials.

Let’s take a look at the archive-worthy designs from jellibeans’ digital fashion curation.


Qipao was popularised in the 1920s and is characterised by its form-flattering cut and grandiose embroideries. A contemporary take on the Chinese traditional style, this Qipao III by London-based digital fashion designer Stephy Fung, is enriched with a symphony of warm and cool tones. Incorporating a palette reminiscent of a stunning sunset, the short-sleeved one-piece is faced in dark red silk with purple trims while sumptuous embroideries of royal blue blossoms and golden vines can be seen running diagonally down the front to spotlight the feminine curves.

34,027 points

Green dress by SUN WOO

SUN WOO Green dress

The three round disks wrapped around the skirt define this sleeveless dress by Sun Woo. Drawing inspirations from the structures and functionality of portable pop-up tents, the South Korean Central Saint Martins graduate creates a mobile comfort zone that represents temporary security. A similar application of geometric elements can be found in French maestro Pierre Cardin’s ready-to-wear collections. Both geniuses utilise sturdy circular motifs not just to accentuate the figure and its movements, but also to exude a retro-futuristic elegance.

23,988 points

Puffer skirt by IV & RUZALINA

IV & RUZALINA Puffer skirt

Ghanaians and Ivorians share the same custom of hand-printing Adinkra symbols that are considered as talismans embedded with meanings, with a stamp on multi-coloured fabrics. Virtual avatar-human duo, IV & Ruzalina gives the West African apparel a neoteric twist, detailing the wrap skirt with a side slit and with red, white, midnight blue and black puffer panels embellished with a variety of ethnic patterns.

21,461 points

Malevich code dress blue by TAYA BORISOVA

TAYA BORISOVA Malevich code dress blue

Taya Borisova’s Malevich Code repertoire is heavily influenced by the constructivism and abstract artworks of Kazimir Malevich and Vasily Kandinsky. Shaded in primary colours and emboldened with contrasting white accents, the one-sleeve robe is adorned with quadrilateral overlays, a pointed hem as well as with hovering strips of fabric on the shoulder and body to pay tribute to modern technology and our innovative spirit.

19,093 points

Kimono short - Portrait of a flock of beautiful Japanese red crown crane by DRESSX KIMONO

DRESSX KIMONO Kimono short - Portrait of a flock of beautiful Japanese red crown crane

DRESSX meticulously crafts this short kimono from top-notch fabric made by prominent Japanese artist Ogata Korin’s family-owned textile store, Kariganeya. Printed with the well-known Portrait of a Flock of Beautiful Japanese Red Crown Crane from the Tokugawa period, the mustard yellow top is decorated with grids and realistic illustrations of mystical cranes, carrying the symbol of happiness, good fortune and eternal youth in the Japanese culture to lend your looks a joyful glow.

15,662 points