Megan Purnell

Contact:
04megvictoria@gmail.com
University/School:
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Location:
Cardiff
Specialism:
Accessory DesignArt DirectionFashion DesignGender NeutralStyling
About Me

HI I'M MEGAN, A GRADUATE FROM CARDIFF MET

Megan was inspired by the rising Genderation, who are breaking down the barriers of gender. Gender neutral design became a passion after writing her dissertation exploring the the history of gender repression and the lack of diverse genderless clothing available.

I wanted to convey a message of not dismissing masculinity and feminity but appreciating both identities and melting them together. Thankfully, as time progresses so does society and we need to continue to strive for not just a more for a more accepting society, but a community in which gender non-conforming people can thrive.

INSPIRATION

YOUR OUTSIDE IS YOUR NEW INSIDE

When researching gender neutral collections available, I was faced with t-shirts and jeans - not very exciting. In this collection I wanted to delve deeper into gender expression and what fashion meant as an art form. To stray away from the staple items of clothing that everyone wears anyway, meant pushing the boundaries of gender. Whereas, I don't see anything I've done as pushing boundaries - merely designing what I would like to see in gender neutral clothing.

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MY WORK

PORTFOLIOS

DETAIL

I CREATED CERAMIC ACCESSORIES

Further inspiration came from my exploration into ceramics. Creating these strong but delicate art forms conveys the message of gender identity/expression being an empowering but fragile part of your life. Exploring a different practice into my fashion degree became staple in building my concept and designs and helped me in my journey to understanding fashion as an art form.

Gender neutral clothing shouldn't need a seperate label. The fashion industry needs to play it's role in the fight for making society a community where eveyone can thrive.
Accessory DesignArt DirectionFashion DesignGender NeutralStyling
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