BA (HONS) FASHION

Pandemic of Racism

The collection ‘Pandemic of Racism’ is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and involves exploring how black culture has influenced fashion. The collection features the face of my biracial son and represents a form of protest against the social injustice that afflicts black people, achieved through its prints and aggressive language to provoke a reaction.
This topic is deeply important to me as I have learned I have extreme white privilege while mothering my biracial son. Therefore, I used this concept to gain more knowledge and understanding of what it will be like for him growing up as a mixed-race boy in a world where you are discriminated against – or privileged- for the colour of your skin.
I also researched into how other mothers with black or biracial sons are troubled by the fact that predominantly black men are affected by racism in violent ways. This has allowed me to understand and translate our feelings of protectiveness and defensiveness into my collection.

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The prints featured in the collection were inspired by BLM quotes found on the protest signs. I created a repeat print and had this digitally printed onto my fabric. I also hand printed these quotes onto the plastic material I made for outfit 2.

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For white mothers, it is a surprise to see how society treats their children of colour. They are shocked by the way people make assumptions about their children based solely on their characteristics. For white mothers, it is a painful invitation into once invisible systems of oppression.

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The collection is inspired by streetwear clothing derived from hip hop fashion with subtle padded/quilted elements to reinforce the protective- look. I created one completely recycled outfit by melting plastic bags to make the jacket and corset, while also using pre-loved jeans to make the trousers.

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Photoshoot picture featuring outfit 1.

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Photoshoot picture featuring outfit 2.

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