I take inspiration from the unusual and dark areas of life. I find beauty in chaos; I have an appreciation of carnography and a fascination with hybristophilla. I enjoy working outside of what is generally acceptable, forcing people to consider, within the privacy of their own thoughts, what excites their curiosity.
I blur the distinctions between art and fashion to create immersive pieces. I enjoy experimenting with colour, shape, and texture to reflect concepts in my designs. I love to dissect theories and stories. Using inference as my main working process, I then transform these ideas into designs and constructions.
This project is a representation of what intrigues me and how my mind works. For my final collection, I explored the relationship between Ted Bundy and his victims. More specifically, the lust and excitement associated with Bundy, especially during his trial. I researched into the psychology to really understand his drives, motivators and how his brain functions.
Alongside the theory, I investigated why there are such fascinations with dangerous people. This linked to hybristophilla, masochism, sadism, BDSM, torture and pain. I also explored virginity and how it can heighten the desire in the depraved. This relationship between men and women has occurred throughout time: from prostitution in the 1800’s to old mythology and folklore. I also analysed areas of criminology, anatomy and the infliction of pain on his victims.
For this project, I designed and constructed the garments with reference to how Ted Bundy butchered his victims : I used scalpel knives to cut out my pieces and create surface texture. I drank deer blood and spat it out on my clothing to recreate the ideas of murder, death and pain. I used challenging fabrics such as PVC and leather to link to fetishism, BDSM and general discomfort. Some garments featured rope and metallic wire within its construction as both were used by Ted Bundy on his conquests. I manipulated the fabrics surface to recreate the anatomy; spines, bones and ribcage. I took inspiration from the Infamous bite mark and created slits along the back of the trouser to imply impact.