Every garment has a story and I’m on board with the idea that every story you wear becomes your own, whether consciously or not. I documented my stream of consciousness from 50 days of self-isolation during covid-19 pandemic and made it into textile. It’s ugly, pretty, funny, silly, sad and happy in the same time. It is an attempt to employ my everyday emotional labour towards validating my thoughts by crafting them into a piece of emotional couture.
Fashion is a political tool and an important part of human validation. Identity, belief, and aspirations can all be expressed through clothing. Instead, we search ourselves in this idealistic and despotic fashion system first, without reflecting upon our desires - in my case integrity, openness, and love.
The age of social media has encouraged us to be more expressive, but also to prioritise consistent personal branding over organic human nature and the right to change. Humans are multifaceted and this strict narrative screws us up. In our increasingly homogenised and polarised world, we’ve been trained to believe that our non-linear feelings are a burden to others, and that only constant bliss is desirable. But it’s necessary to create a space for being honest with our emotions if we wish to better relate to one another. There is hope and beauty in our shared complexity. I speculate that suppressed emotional expression serves as the latest, most coveted form of authenticity, and one that can be explored through interaction with clothing, the ultimate form of self-projection to the world.