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Distressing Fashion, 2022 is a project in which I explored the destruction and distressing of clothing within the fashion industry, with specific emphasis on Haute couture. As part of this project I also researched the impact that the genre of horror has had on the fashion world, from costume design in films and television, to its influence on runway collections such as Alexander McQueen’s Jack the Ripper Stalks his Victims, 1992.


The body of work I produced in response to my research consisted of a series of experimental garments reflecting horror, the objectification of the female body and abuse. Although initially an unconscious decision, the destruction and repairing of women’s clothing is heavily reflective of my own experiences identifying as a woman who has suffered a history of abuse at the hands of a man, the process of healing from this abuse and using my work as a reflection of these experiences.

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