Man Repellent

CompanyRóisín
Designer Róisín Pierce
Prize3rd Place in Avant-garde / Women_AG
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Entry Description

'Man Repellent' stemmed from research into the male gaze and how women may subvert this by emphasising the perceived negative aspects of their bodies and creating sculptures that magnify these traits. I wanted to create a collection of wearable sculptures that encompass and envelop the female body. The principle aim is to create a collection that completely subverts the conventional norms of the desirable female form, by focusing on elements that are typically associated with an undesirable female body shape. Nothing is less attractive in today’s western society than obesity, rolls of fat, asymmetrical curves and a voluminous waistline. I wanted to create a highly stylised form of the obese female form through extreme sculptural cuts, with the general intention of morphing the female silhouette using padded shapes in conventionally unflattering placements. I hoped to arrive at the goal of ultimately desexualising the female body through this deformation and prudence.

About Designer

Róisín Pierce is a twenty two year old textile designer who recently graduated from National College of Art and Design with a BA Hons in Textile design. Her main focus lies in the making of clean sculptural forms through a unique textile process which she has been developing for years. Róisín's past collection; Les Conteneurs was inspired by her drive to create wearable containers (the handbags) first and following this, garments which would be designed using similar sculptural forms and techniques. She is keen to create garments which show clearly the amount of time invested in the intricate design process. Throughout this particular collection, Róisín explored fabric manipulation using her own method of rolling the material to create different layered textures. Róisín's most recent collection 'Man Repellent' stemmed from research into the male gaze and how women may subvert this by emphasising the perceived negative aspects of their bodies and creating sculptures that magnify these traits.