FTA x CSB-SD - Cotton Adjustable Circle Mask by Mariam Al Bazzal
One must as surely wear a face-mask these days, as they would wear clothes. With the inevitability of a shoe, and the washing cycle of a pair of underwear- this newly essential accessory has shifted from a surgical precaution to an intimate, daily prosthetic. How does one address this facade, which has virtually replaced the lower half of the human face in public settings? How does one turn this filter into a crown?
Fashion Trust Arabia and Creative Space Beirut School of Design came together to address this question. They devised a competition for CSB students to be critical and imaginative about face-mask design, while maintaining extreme reverence to clinical precautions. This yielded a driven collective study on functional aesthetics.
Here, for your protection and enjoyment, is a highlight from our process:
The Adjustable Circle Mask is designed through the structural modification of a simple circular sheet with minimal, indivisible alterations. It makes use of two long strings, directed through a loop, to fasten the mask to faces of every size and proportion. These strings keep the mask hanging like a necklace, such that it remains at hand when it is taken off.
- Exterior + Interior: Printed Heavy-weight Cotton-Poly Blend