Knowing my obsession for the body, it is no surprise I went on a quest of the Holy Skin. I explored how skin can be revealed in an outfit, and how to play on a fake layer of skin, through materials imitating it, colour- or texture-wise.
Firstly, I worked on the volume which distorts the silhouette throughout the history of costume, such as puff sleeves and stuffed jackets for menswear, to display strength and power, or folds on the belly for 14th Century womenswear to evoke maternity.
I felt like cutting through the volume, to reveal the body underneath. My point was just to show the outline, in no way to be flashing flesh, so I covered the real skin by a tight-fitting fabric layer.
I exploited this game on fake nudity also in another project, about lingerie. I wanted a playful outfit, and decided to work on strip-tease. The wearer can open or remove the layers, revealing firstly fake skin to tease even more and finally the body.
I was selected with this project in the 10 finalists for England in the Triumph Inspiration Award competition. link
I also pushed this concept in a more streetwear direction, using denim in this respect.
I am messing with the seams, which are very specific to denimwear, interchanging blue and skin colour. I replaced consecutively denim fabric and thread by skin-coloured ones for instance.
Last picture: Aaron Levi Simic
I therefore play on the illusion that skin pierces through the pair of jeans, or that denim pieces hold onto the skin by themselves.
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