Lauren Lewis

Foundation Diploma Art, Design & Media

The final cable dress draped from the body, only electrical supplies such as cable ties and copper wire thread were used to form this dress. I used the wires as a metaphor for digital fashion, in particular thought couture, fashion that only exists digitally. The image is mounted on photography I took alongside this project, exploring apocalyptic imagery and the cyber punk theme. All wires I collected were from scrap yards to avoid wasting plastic material.

Hyper reality is the point in which reality and virtuality cross. It's a global culture where everyone can be distinguished by data, and privacy is merely a misconception. I use avant-garde techniques combined with editing to portray my interpretation of hyper reality in fashion, an industry reliant upon new technologies, particularly in such times of isolation. Throughout my investigation I've used unorthodox materials, particularly cables, to drape from the body to represent digital spaces through fashion, I contrast this with traditional sewing techniques to manipulate the materials further.

People are becoming less materialistic; we no longer require substance to be satisfied, instead we absorb the lives of others on social media to become aesthetically stimulated. I want to interpret this need for stimulation through glitched photography and unconventional fashion. As people spend more time scrolling through screens, we become immune to what we see. My work exists physically but will only ever be consumed virtually to further emphasise the importance of aesthetic and social media and how information will be consumed in the future. I want people to question if my work ever existed to begin with.

Going on to: Kingston University : BA Hons Fashion Design
Using cut and slash techniques to show the vulnerability of exposure. The wire framing outlines the body without actually revealing anything.
Wire dress edited over hyper real imagery, influenced by vapourware aesthetics.
The process of the cut and slash suit, showing different stages of vulnerability.
Further perspectives of the wire dress production.
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Lauren Lewis

Foundation Diploma Art, Design & Media

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