My teacher said the same. If you're gonna do a dress, make it have a "wow" factor. I was thinking of combining my cultural with contemporary designs and maybe have a bit of history in it from the 1700's. You can do over the christmas hols, plan your ideas and stuff then ask your teacher if it's all right.
using techniques just ensures that u get marks for the difficulty level
and the whole creative and innovative thing
thats what i thought anyways
but i tend to mis-interprate things in textiles quite easily