BA (HONS) FASHION COMMUNICATION

Phantasmagoria

The following images were extracted from my Honours publication, titled “Phantasmagoria”. As the title suggests, the publication includes a series of “dream-like” images, embodying my vision of how a world minus the gender binary may appear in a “utopian” future. Phantasmagoria allows the voices of Gen Z and the queer community to be heard and respected.

In times where I could not use a model to demonstrate my narrative, I sought unique ways to adhere to current limitations. I have developed a new-found love for still-life and utilising organic materials as my subjects, as they allow me to be fully expressive of my views on gender, sexuality and pleasure

Through my imagery, I hope to show that a world where we are free to identify as anything that best represents who we are, without fear or judgement, may appear “utopian”, but together we can make this a reality.

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While collecting data regarding personal experiences of those within the TGNC community, the association with "aliens" was a common occurrence. Therefore, I wanted to depict this through fashion image, which brought me to developing my utopian aesthetic.

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In this image, I explore gender discrimination within the sporting industry. The TGNC community remain unrecognised and are often disqualified from competing in sporting events, due to concerns regarding equal opportunity and physical ability.

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As an alternative to using models as my subject matter, I used inanimate objects associated with Chinese euphemisms regarding homosexuality to explore the history of same-sex relationships. "The Passion of the Peach" is a euphemism used to refer to male homosexual relationships.

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Using organic materials has allowed me to be fully expressive in regards to my own gender and sexuality, while continuing to develop my personal handwriting and "dream-like" imagery. This piece portrays the sexual pleasure of anyone who identifies as female.

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While I used organic subjects as alternatives to models, I also experimented with combining the two. This image asks the viewer to take a walk in the shoes of those within the TGNC or LGBTQ+ community, and to be more open-minded to a world out-with the gender binary.

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