Megan’s collection “Girls and Their Pearls” is based on domestic handicrafts such as embroidery being considered ‘women’s work’ and not receiving the same level of value placed on them as mediums such as painting and sculpture. Gender associations have played a large part in the hierarchy of mediums; with painting and sculpture being placed and valued highly as they were historically created by men and embroidery and other handicrafts being at the bottom of the pile and devalued because they were associated with the domestic and femininity.

Her use of pearls comes from their references to femininity and female empowerment. Megan took particular inspiration from Kamala Harris’s fondness for pearls, due to her all-Black Greek sorority using them to show their moral and politic opinions based on human rights issues. They took a piece of jewellery, typically worn by women and associated with love, marriage and fertility to reclaim their femininity to fight for they believe is right. This inspired and empowering the me to try to change the publics view on embroidery as a high art, challenged their opinions based on deep rooted issues coming from the patriarchy.

The textile techniques depicting the pearl jewellery are displayed on garments and fashion accessories typically associated with streetwear, an area of fashion women have been routinely excluded from. Women around the world are now reclaiming streetwear and carving their own path, designing clothes for modern women. Using such silhouettes, I explore the idea that feminism is an ever-changing idea and most importantly is for everyone. No matter your skin colour, sexuality or gender identity. Everyone should be treated equally and want to fight to destroy the patriarchy.

The collection features 3 series: Embroidered Pearl Necklace Series, Quilted Tiara Bucket Hat Series and The Darned Baroque Pearl Series. They all take varying amount of time and skill to complete, and this is reflected in their price tags, a true and fair cost is given to each piece. Therefore, reflecting the idea that ‘women’s work’ is just ad valuable as typically male artforms such as painting and sculpture.