MA Graduation Collection
“Unwearable” is re-purposing perfectly fine, but stain-marked clothing, by giving them a new life in a collection that displays an attitude and celebrates sensuality.
There is always a story behind every stain and frazzle, which is fascinating, so I started to investigate and collect an archive of stained garments, fabrics, and their stories. I have never been bothered by any stains myself, so I found it interesting why the garments were thrown away and seen as unwearable. During my investigation, I wanted to know how people reflected on stains in their everyday life and how stains affected their social appearance. I discovered that my interviewees felt ashamed of a very natural stain.
However, a fabricated stain that is fashionable has gotten its approval.
The collection is made by re-constructing upcycled materials and stained clothing, such as sweat-stained white t-shirts, discolored white underwear, and period-stained black underwear. By highlighting the discolored clothes I draped my way towards a collection that celebrates the everyday stain. I wanted to create something sensual and powerful out of something which is typically seen as ugly and stigmatic.
Photography, Sara Forsius
Models, Lotta Järvinen, Meri Malminen, Polina Vauhkonen, Linda Kokkonen, Ellen Rajala