Identity is the new commodity. Clothing plays a central role in this, both how we dress but also through the interaction and stigmatization that dress stimulates; we treat each other as capital, concerned with our outward appearance and worth, our values as an object rather than our inherent values as a person. Our physical clothes exterior, be it part of a brand tribe or a second hand rag, is an essential ingredient to our commodification. This is true iregardless of one consciously picking a specific outfit or simply wearing what is first in their drawer. Clothing in any form is a signifier. As children, we see past clothing, interacting with individuals as other humans instead of categories until we are taught the code our society uses to typify wearable’s. We want to expose this human packaging, and expose the human behind the exterior clothing.
We categorize people based on their outward presentation, without consideration of who they might be underneath their veneer of constructed identity. This project seeks to show the vulnerable, raw, human self, unbiased, with none of the regular social cues in place.
All the clothes are made out of polyethylene plastic, the patterns were drafted from the models original clothing. Sewn by myself and Lucas LaRochelle.