Pretty Imperfect

This collection is inspired by the Japanese philosophy Wabi-sabi - seeing the beauty in imperfection.  I applied this concept to western beauty standards, focusing on the skin. As wabi-sabi has an appreciation for nature, I take skin ‘imperfections’ and combine them with similar ‘imperfections’ found in nature as there is a tendency to see nature as something beautiful, whilst skin ‘imperfections’ are not. By combining them, I create beautiful images, anticipating that individuals might be influenced to embrace their ‘imperfections.’ The aim of this project is to make a subtle statement about our ‘imperfections’, which societal constructs deem faults and for us to challenge these notions - see the beauty in them and acknowledge being at odds with self–loathing. To portray the elements of self-loathing, the textiles gradually become increasingly glitchy, representing the use of technology such as Photoshop to alter appearance drastically for self-portrayal online. The intention is to demonstrate the negative impact social media can have on constructing perceptions of beauty and the desire to morph ourselves to fit beauty ideals. 

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Pretty Imperfect
PrettyUgly

Through the fashion dance short ‘prettyUGLY’, film director and movement artist Red-Cor invites the viewer in an active process of co-creation, of looking at oneself bare. Fashion designer Kirsten Gair brings forward a collection of garments printed with microscopic images of her own body’s imperfections.

TEAM: Directed/Produced: Red-Cor. Costume/Fashion: Kirsten Gair. DOP/Edit: Corina Andrian. PERFORMERS: Kirsten Gair, Lia Marin, Andrei Catalin Nistor and Christina Tudor. MUSIC (LIGHT): Wyatt MacDermott. MUSIC (DARK): Quartet No.6 and Quarter No.5:III, Composed by Matthew Whiteside and performed by Aurea Quartet. Production Assistant: Zaquis Riddick. Special thanks: Keita Ikeda.

 

skin glitch
Digital Print on Shimmer Velvet, Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
skin glitch
Digital Print on Sara Linen blend, Dimensions w80cm x h60cm
Zero Waste Fashion

All garments are made using zero waste pattern cutting techniques to reduce fabric waste.

Pretty Imperfect artificial skin
skin glitch
Digital Print on Shimmer Velvet, Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
skin glitch
Digital Print on Gaia Eco Woven (100% recycled), Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
zero waste pattern cutting
zero waste pattern cutting
artificial skin
TPU - Biodegradable Plastic

Experimenting with TPU (an advanced plastic that is biodegradable)and deadstock material and further distorting textiles to imitate skin as well as continuously transforming the same imagery to look different, thus commenting on perceptions of beauty and the desire to continuously alter one’s appearance.
 

TPU skin texture
TPU, Deadstock Tulle, Gathering, Embroidery, Heat, Dimensions: w59cm x h133cm
fashion illustrations
Fashion Illustrations
Illustrations in Motion

Kirsten Gair's fashion illustrations animated by Lucy Axford. 

zero waste pattern cutting
zero waste pattern cutting
marbled skin
skin & nature
Digital Print and Sublimation Print onto Marbled Velvet, Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
skin & bioplastics
Digital Print on Shimmer Velvet, Dimensions: w79.38cm x h47.6cm
marbled skin
Making Zero Waste Versatile

Zero waste pattern cutting involves using all the fabric to reduce waste. I experiment with ways of emphasising the waist as zero waste garments tend to be over sized and this would be able to accommodate more body types. 

Pretty Imperfect
skin glitch
Digital Print on Leatherette, Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
skin glitch
Digital Print on Marbled Velvet, Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
skin glitch
Digital Print on Leatherette, Dimensions: w80cm x h60cm
skin texture
skin texture
Digital Print on Gaia Eco Woven (Recycled) Textile Dimensions: w100cm x h60cm
skin texture
zero waste pattern cutting
zero waste pattern cutting
skin texture
Half Drop Repeat Print Motif

To be visually transformed further by being digitally printed onto organza.

half drop repeat print
skin texture
Digital Print on Organza, Dimensions: w100cm x h70cm
skin texture
Digital Print on Organza, Dimensions: w100cm x h70cm
zero waste pattern cutting
zero waste pattern cutting
the beauty in spots
the beauty in spots
the beauty in spots
marbled skin
TPU, Digital Print, Smocking, Heat, Dimensions: w59cm x h133cm
Pretty Imperfect
engineered print
Engineered Print For Size UK 14
skin glitch
Sublimation print onto PVC, Dimensions: w94cm x h55cm
skin glitch
Sublimation print onto PVC, Dimensions: w94cm x h55cm
Pretty Imperfect artificial skin
Sublimation print onto PVC, Discovering How To Wrinkle PVC, Dimensions: w92cm x h46cm