The concept is underpinned by researching the social construction of gendered garments such as tailored suits, corsets, bridalwear and skirts. Investigating the correlation between these garments, gender and power through history. Deconstructing these garments physically and contextually to build a new idea of what these garments can mean in contemporary menswear. Developing a collection of fluid formal suits that highlight his research. The research base wide but focused, looking into the relationship between power and fashion from fetish wear and bondage to 1980’s power dressing. Investigating how these garments give or take away power from the wearer.
Using a mixture of fabrics from Silks, Duchess satin, Lace, Tulle Crepes, Boucle, Fil Coupe, Chiffon, Jersey and wools. The fabrics will be a combination of lightweight, fluid, soft and heavy fabrics. The juxtaposition of light and heavy symbolising the release of the burdens of toxic masculinity whilst celebrating femininity.
Aimed at a muse who dares to challenge the conventional norms of society and who wants to make a statement about the constructs of gender, power and the patriarchy. He is not afraid of embracing the differences of minorities and exploring his identity while stimulating the minds of others by breaking fashion boundaries. Intending to expose the fragility of masculinity through fashion by dismantling traditional menswear and injecting everything which it denies. The collection aims to create a new image of the powerful man, expressing true influence by embracing being emasculated by fashion.