Fashion. Soft goods.
The Barracks is a series of military style lingerie that investigates the clash of the hyper masculine and feminine in a quest for androgyny. It blends qualities of aggressive defense and flirtatious disclosure to construct ambiguity and fluidity in gender representation, examining the role of androgyny in a field driven by overt sexualization.
I sought to combine and reference stereotypical features of each gender, such as large print floral as a derivative of camouflage, crossbreeding garters and utility belts, referencing male and female superhero costumes, etc. Where lingerie traditionally focuses its gaze on breasts and bottoms, I wanted to redirect the eyes toward other areas through strategic cutouts and use of semi-transparent mesh.
I designed and sewed this line of 9 pieces myself over the course of three months. Many construction sketches, sloper patterns, and drafted pattern pieces later, some wearable articles of clothing finally started to emerge in time for a series of fittings with my models.