These ‘garments’ are framed as conversational clothing or clothing that invites interaction. I am specifically thinking about the wearer and the power of the wearer in shaping what their clothing means – in the case of this project, I am the wearer and therefore decision-maker. I am interested in how clothing can be used as a tool. Thinking about clothing as a means of inviting interaction, I am thinking about how to subvert the idea of “clothing as an invitation” that is often thrown out as a means of blaming women and girls for undesired actions that are done to them by others. I would like to reclaim the ability of clothing to invite interaction and to use clothing with intention, to ‘invite’ specific interaction that is shaped on my terms – from the conceptualization of the works, to the physical making, to the wearing. This act of intentional creation and utilization of wearable works is an act of powerful self worship.
In-Progress Installation Sketch: