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Human body and non-human: portfolio of images as a color study

Do clothes need to be worn to be understood? Designer Sinéad O’Dwyer and photographer Ottilie Landmark Rasmussen explore this question

Photographer: Ottilie Landmark Rasmussen
Styling and Design: Sinéad O’Dwyer

Fashion Clothes that don’t need to be worn

London-based fashion designer, Sinéad O’Dwyer, contributes to her theory of design, in a play of work that will probe one to question the essential fabric of the attire we relate to as human beings. The photos explore how Sinéad’s pieces exist without a body wearing them. It is a dialogue between the bodies and nature. «We did this project during lockdown when it wasn’t safe to do shoots with models». Sinéad’s pieces have an autonomy and unlike other garments you could ask whether the pieces need a body to exist at all? The pieces demand a sort of respect when worn and it’s like a dialogue between two coexisting bodies. «That’s why we thought it could be interesting to ‘direct’ them as if we were working with humans».

Fashion Design: Lampoon introduces Sinéad O’Dwyer

O’Dwyer’s Royal College of Art graduate collection featured sculptural pieces that were partly molded from body parts, which explored the way in which we perceive our body versus the reality of how it looks. Everyday perceptions of the human form build the crux of the theme explored in her work. The Ireland-born designer divulges in issues related to body positivity and does so by creating clothes molded directly from the bodies of women of all shapes and sizes. Looking to infiltrate a change in perception within the fashion industry, her approach dictates intimacy in thought and perception. Earlier this year as part of the British Fashion Council’s Discovery Lab she presented her Spring-Summer2020 collection during London women’s fashion week. Having had her a solo show in Waves and Archives gallery, in New York, she is the first fashion designer to be represented by a contemporary art gallery. 

Sinéad O’Dwyer fashion designer

London-based fashion designer, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2018 where her graduate collection featured sculptural pieces part-moulded from body parts, which explored the way in which we perceive our body versus the reality of how it looks. Everyday perceptions of the human form are an ongoing theme explored in O’Dwyer’s work.

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