Hooper creates contemporary forward thinking menswear that can be worn by all genders.
Wearing predominantly menswear, Hooper has always felt more feminine in oversized garments directing her work towards a more gender-neutral approach to her work. The combination between this and the diverse textures used in her work creates a unique approach to design.
‘Bilateral Being’ is inspired by the parallel between anamorphic art, transformational garments and a brain condition that Hooper lives with, called ‘bilateral vestibular hypofunction’(BVH).The curved shapes in anamorphic art remind Hooper of how the world looks to her when she has an episode. Hooper created an anamorphic print using one of her brain scans. The brain print is shown in multiple places in her collection primarily on a head piece inspired by MRI tubes and the curved shapes in anamorphic art
Hooper wanted to parallel anamorphic art with her brain issue as to the plain eye she looks ‘normal’ however there are underlying issues. When looking at anamorphic art it has the reverse as it only looks ‘correct’ when shown in a curved mirror. To add another layer to her work she wanted the garments to be transformational, just as anamorphic art that can be shown in two forms is. With her collection featuring a coat that turns in to a bag as well a transformable hat and other multifunctional garments.
Hooper made a vast amount of silicon neurons have been hand sewn onto different garments including a large headpiece that has been constructed using sinamay, boiling water and a vast amount of hand stitching . to create the silicone neuron the creative process started by developing a sculpture that was good enough to make a cast out of for silicon to be poured into it. When creating this process, she noticed that if you put a hardener into the silicon, you could create sheets of silicon with textured patterns on which led her to create textured bag created from silicon.