The collection explores the experience of doing feminine presentation that is not presented as innate, but a conspicuous creation. It is inspired by water that ripples and distorts the things behind it through refraction, similarly producing a new interpretation of the body through the garments. Claiming agency in the role of creating gender through dramatic gloss and bubbles is cathartic; after all, “in saying that we “do” gender, we are saying that gender is not only something that is done to us” (Kimmel & Holler, 2016). By highlighting one version of hyper-femininity, Like Water aims to express the variability and possibility of gender as we know it and what it means to be active participants within it.
Kimmel, M. S., & Holler, J. (2016). The Gendered Society. Oxford University Press Academic Canada. https://bookshelf.vital source.com/books/9780199008230
The years I’ve spent studying fashion have been formative to my technical development as well as to my design practice and confidence to explore/express ideas through researched construction and conceptual work. As a designer I’m eager to keep creating while continuing to push my research and development skills.