Emma Stringer


“To live means to buy, to buy means to have power, to have power means to have responsibility.” ― Tansy E. Hoskins, Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion Throughout the research process, my capstone project has explored how concepts such as anti-capitalism, consumer theory, and minimalism can exist together in their application to the growing issue of overconsumption. The adornment of all things beautiful and understanding how the projection of “the self” intertwines with the complex desire to constantly consume is explored by utilizing the body as a canvas. In this exploration of fashioning the body I move to critique the ways in which we outfit ourselves in ignorance. By thinking critically about what the study of self-image can look like when living the life of a consumer consider this: why do I consume? How does my relationship with clothing impact the supply chain of capitalism and production? All things have a starting point but where do they go to die and who is responsible for my belongings when I no longer deem them desirable?