Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Anais Missakian

Second Advisor

Anne Emlein

Third Advisor

Jun Ni & Jin Gang


This collection and book were inspired by a TED talk called “I broke up with fast fashion and you should too” by founder of The UpCycle Project Gabriella Smith. After I heard this inspiring talk, I reflected a lot on my own habits of clothes shopping during different life stages, how I became a fan of fast fashion, and how Covid-19 has impacted the way I shop and dress. I soon dug further into the ugly truth about the fast fashion industry’s environmental impacts, how their marketing strategies lure the general public to consume more products, and potential solutions to fulfill our natural “vanity” by making versatile clothing using sustainable materials. This collection of garments, which I call Transformers, is like a set of building blocks in clothes form, designed for different body shapes, different personalities, and different occasions. Wearers can play with the clothes and explore multiple styles with each garment individually and in combination. The Transformers are my weapon against fast fashion.


View exhibition online: Zihan (Amy) Peng, THE TRANSFORMERS



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