Zhou performs with expectancies through style


Who are you? Where are you from?

Clothing can create a primary impression that starts to reply to these questions. For her senior thesis toward a certificate invisible arts, Jessica Zhou designed and produced a style display that puts a witty twist on the one’s questions as they relate to her many identities — as a woman, as a Texan, as Chinese American, as a busy Princeton pupil.

“The consciousness of Jessica’s thesis is how we, and he or she specifically, trade and adapt to cultural codes. … She has examined that thru how we as a way of life do this through our apparel, via fashion, thru our get dressed. She’s a psychology major. That is intrinsically woven into her work,” said Jeff Whetstone, professor of visible arts within the Lewis Center for the Arts and Zhou’s adviser.

Zhou created 13 looks for her thesis. To enhance her sewing competencies, she took a category at Parsons School of Design for the duration of summer 2018. She sketched the clothing, created some textiles from scratch, reduce and sewed the garb, and decided on an outfitted student fashions. Reflecting her roots, a number of the items Zhou integrated blanketed silky black wigs and cowboy-fashion apparel. The process culminated with a fashion show titled “Questionable Clothes” in the Princeton University Library’s East Asian Library and an exhibition at the Arts Tower’s Hurley Gallery.


“Like all artwork, apparel is set presentation and projection on the identical time,” Zhou stated. “I’ve always an idea of sewing and creating clothes from a very technical factor of view, and I suppose in doing this thesis I turned into able to consider it in phrases of increasing degrees of abstraction.”

As an advisee of Professor of Psychology Alexander Todorov, Zhou also produced a thesis for her psychology fundamental. By recording and attractive topics in real and scripted conversations, Zhou created a video database of emotional expressions and located that human beings can understand the distinction among actual and pretend emotions.

For the final appearance in her display (shown above), she blended her interests in psychology and artwork by means of shade-coding some of the snapshots from the database by way of emotion and turning them into cloth for a get dressed. After graduating, Zhou will educate in Los Angeles via Teach for America, and she plans to subsequently pursue graduate studies in psychology.