Clothing exists within a context, and the environment completely influences the way it is perceived. Factors such as the location, style, sound/music and model choice evoke emotions and reactions that contribute to conveying an idea. To me, it’s about using the best platform to communicate the concept that informs the designs or fashion.
For example, in my most recent collection, Lawless, I took inspiration from how today technology advances exponentially, how the law as we currently know it struggles to maintain authority. As a point of departure, I staged a technological experiment featuring long-term dance collaborator Moon Kim, and the use of a 3-D sensor motion capture system. Through this work, I could explore the limitations of technology and the physical body translated onto a digital figure.
The most profound result portrayed a digital figure that did not recognize the borders or lawless reality. By utilizing this imagery, I could develop the collection which features classic menswear items, yet caters to the misplacement or duplication of limbs, portraying the physical realizations of a ‘borderless’ or ‘lawless’ reality. Due to this kind of creative process, audio-visual content plays an important role not only in how I create but how I gain inspiration for a collection or a performance piece.