Social Suicide – How Mens Suits Should Be

Earlier in the year I was considering working with and adapting mens suits. Inspired by Vivienne Westwood type tailoring, crisp lines, gorgeous fabric, the male dominance and exclusiveness. Social Suicide is a company which warps how mens suits are seen and interpreted. Designers and makers Simon Waterfall and Matt Grey, create suits with their own story, using new tailoring ideas, embroidery and printing.

The Shark

Armed

Bouquet

Jury

Double Ended Ties

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Photo’s and Men’s Ties

Photos for Major.
Over the weekend I used one of my male friends as a model for some photographs. I wanted to have some photos of my ties in a social setting and see what they would look like on the body. I found that the ties look much better on; they have a new life to them and seem to represent more when they have a purpose. Some of the photos were taken in a cafe with a shirt and props like a coffee cup to really set the scene; others were taken on the bare body. It’s amazing that exposing flesh with the ties made them more feminine. The more exposed flesh the more feminine images appear. It depends how well the photos turn out if I will use them as part of my major, instead of developing the concept of the lining in my suit jackets etc.
I also wanted to take photos of sections of the body, both male and female to compare masculine and feminine qualities of both. Enlarge the images and play with the filters and settings in photoshop and use them as background in my collages. Let me know what you think…..

Cafe Tie 2Bondage Tie 1Cafe Tie

Screen print

screen print

This is a sample of some of the work i make, pop back later to view some more 🙂

What is my work about?

naked cloth corset

What is my work about?

The roles, attitudes and even the sexualities of men and women in society are slowly blurring into the same ideals, even aspects of our dress are becoming more androgynous. Males and females are equal bread winners, equal and active roles are being taken in raising children, the boundaries and distinctions between male and female roles no longer apply in our culture. There isn’t a separation of male and female, but of masculine and feminine; expressions rather than classifications. The two distinctions are not bound by the two sexualities they represent, they are free to be worn and expressed by both sexes.
Deconstructing clothes takes away the form and meaning of the garment, leaving just the fabric and the masculine and feminine qualities they represent. Fragments of the fabric still reference its past; buttons, seams and pockets hint at what the garment once was and what it meant.
The images I choose to work with are a contrast to the conservative material/fabric that I use. I see the images as what’s hidden on the inside of the clothes. Even as it is becoming more acceptable express our sexual feelings and behaviour they are still hidden just as is our naked bodies by the clothes we wear and the fabrics we choose to cover them with. These images express the hidden, our fantasies and secrets that are covered by the everyday fabrics of our society.

Frames.

The frames use second-hand fabric which has been a part of society; used by members of public and had a role in representing meaning to others. The fabrics are conservative and by contrast the images are of a pornographic/erotic nature. Here I am trying to represent that despite what is visible on the outside, a concealed, hidden inside part of your personality is beneath. I have been trying to combine female images with masculine fabrics and vice versa, because I feel it portrays an interesting contrast. The containment of the frame, makes me think of a small part of the bigger picture. Like a snapshot of a society coming to terms with expression of sexuality.

Collages.

The collages are a selection of writings, drawings, fabrics, and found objects. This bundled confusion of objects represents my concept by grouping together scraps of different roles, attitudes and ideals of sexuality in society. It is made up of fabrics representing masculine and feminine, garments with sexual appeal, advertising images, my own drawings and samples I have made in attempt to represent my concept.

Ties.

Even as clothing becomes more androgynous, the Tie is still a symbol of status, male dominance and power. While trying not to change the shape of this phallic symbol, I am trying to change its meaning. Using embroidery and screen printing, I am redesigning the Ties with pornographic/erotic images. To make the meaning of the less powerful, more humorous, more accessible and able to be worn by anyone and to comment on society’s confusion regarding sexual behaviour and symbols.

Lining.

I want to combine masculine and feminine elements with the inside and outside of garments. On the outside is what is seen and how we are represented and on the inside is our private lives; free to fantasise and act truly ourselves. I will change the lining and inside of garments to represent a different quality to what the outside fabric shows, I am doing this through using prints and embroidery of words and images that tell a different story to the overtly masculine or feminine fabric on the outside.