I am a designer whose practice reflects and challenges the perception and position of women within fashion and art, the former also being the format for my outcomes. Using contemporary and historical designer collections, I have explored and built upon concepts of sexuality, objectification and femininity. My garment designs specifically refer to concepts identified in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing. In doing so, my work attempts to reclaim female sexuality from the male gaze, as seen in the work of designers such as Lee McQueen for his own label to Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior.
Consequently, I have investigated contrasts between masculinity and femininity through the perspective of feminist theory, from ideas of hierarchy to mere traits and characteristics, enforced by established definitions of gender. For example, typically heavy male elements such as oversize and tailored details, contrast with soft female flare and drape. Further contrast is expressed through my very particular and specified fabric choice to the cut of the garment. The aim of my work is to empower the wearers through a specific street style and ready to wear aesthetic, and elevate them beyond that which was initially established in the works of Berger.
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