XXXXXXL takes inspiration from body dysmorphic disorder. When researching for my collection I analysed different types of body dysmorphia and various side effects people develop from extreme muscle building and intense weight loss. Eventually, I focused my research on how body dysmorphia can alter a person’s view of themselves and how it can warp their perception of their body. The oversized spec of my unisex collection represents how a person can feel bigger than they are, and the excessive amount of fabric makes the wearer feel lost in the garment, similarly to how a person with body dysmorphia would feel mentally about themselves. Neoprene, wadded fabrics, elasticated cuffs, and hems create volume within the garments and this represents how a person can feel overweight when suffering with body dysmorphia. Playing with the direction of stripe this collection symbolises the mental battle one has with this disorder. Innovative pattern cutting, and technical seaming creates a flow throughout the collection to symbolise how a person’s mind feels distorted and warped when suffering with body dysmorphia.
Work Experience: Hien Le, Berlin