Allegories of Touch uses inner visions to provoke conversations around the symbiotic relationship between body and garment, the rational and the emotional, skin and fabric, material and product, societies and ecosystems.
Fashion shall not be considered as a confined discipline. It is not confined from our body and it is not confined from the planet. For too long we have prioritised the way that we look, over the way that we feel. Forgetting what we really need, what we really want, and who we really are, for the sake of feeling “in fashion.” But the meaning of Fashion is far beyond trends, fashion is a sensorial practice. A practice of wearing. It is useful for our bodies and for our minds to think freely. Garments shouldn’t restrict us, or distract us, but assist us, console us, protect us.
When writing about the notion of the ‘Skin Ego,’ French psychoanalyst Didier Anzieu considered the skin as an ‘intermediary screen between the psyche and the body.’ The skin serves humans as the container that differentiates one body from another, and simultaneously allows the body to engage with otherness. Indeed, the skin embodies the role of interface between the internal and the external, providing the individual with the tools required to better understand himself and otherness beyond tangibility.
If the skin represents our ego, then anything that is on the skin becomes an extension of the self. By concealing our skin, clothes embody an expansion of our individuality. This happens both literally and laterally. Indeed, our sense of self builds through wearing. Garments simultaneously represent our self to the external world, while also affecting our being in the world.
(For better quality imagery, visit my website) Allegories of Touch serves as a manifesto of thinking. It is a starting point, rather than a destination. The project manifests into a sensorial virtual space, characterised by three rooms. The Reflective room contains the visual essay which has interactive references, draggable content, and animated surroundings. The Sensorial room, is a space of enjoyment. Allowing the audience to pause and feel. The Chromatic room is a short reflection on colour theory in reaction to the forecasting and conceptual research carried throughout the past year. I really value thinking, so as the exhibition ends, everyone is also invited to leave a feedback in the form of a thought, sketch, or photograph on a geographical map utilising Padlet. This way people can really perceive and experience a collective connectedness.