PICTURES OF THE FLOATING WORLD

AW // 19

 ‘Pictures of the Floating World’ is a paradoxical combination of two art movements – The Beat Generation of 1950’s America and the Shunga artworks of 18th century Japan. Seemingly disparate, but inherently the same. This collection encapsulates the points of discrimination from each movement of sexuality, freedom, absurdity and controversy and uses them to push the industry forward. Hence, enforcing ideals of dressing and freedom that are ironically shunned – enforcing the absurdity that lives within each one of us – the absurdity that should be unleashed – the pictures of the floating, or perfect world. The perfect world that the fashion industry or wearers are yet to come to terms with. This collection utilises extreme and revealing cut outs, heavy use of leather and subtle genital and hair references in print and textures to present this progression.