A Blazer, Tulle, Feathers, Rhinestones, Acrylic, Fabric.
This piece began when I decided to re-make some of my old clothing, giving new life to used garments.
The base is a bright pink blazer that holds sentimental value and, like me, is plus-size. As a means of exploring the body positive movement’s relationship to fashion, I began by considering the blazer’s history in menswear and the way it is meant to shape and structure the female form. I exaggerated the pronounced shoulder using piping and quilting fabric while softening the overall shape with tulle and feathers. On the right side I used rhinestones and acrylic medium to mimic the shape of a breast while creating a hard, almost protective shell.
The word Flourish in the title is meant to suggest extravagance and a call for attention rather than the more conventional use of a blazer, which often suggests an attempt to blend in.