The occupied collection showcases the story of wearing the emotional burden of depression.
The heart of the narrative aims to help tackle the stigma surrounding mental health & to give hope & encouragement to others. The emotional burden of depression is broken & worn as everyday clothes, when non-conformity is celebrated & no longer hidden away.
Feeling of hope & other powerful emotions when battling this silent & dark force are draped by hand & constructed into the designs & details of the garments. Each & every creation has its own characteristics & story to tell.
The bed can be a solitary sanctuary, blankets, pillow & bed linen are attached & worn as everyday clothes. Layering of garments appear misplaced & uncared for to signify feelings of confusion & disoray, all on display for all to see. Comfort is found in nonconformity.
Do not be afraid to wear your emotions
The garment constructions are not always as they first appear. A tailored wool jacket is worn as a skirt with the sleeved used for pockets, sweatshirts are thrown on the floor & pilled together to be transformed into a gown of jumpers, & a pillow top which can be worn padded or unpadded is tailored internally & externally to give strength & comfort. The knotted dress has a large knot that ties itself around the wearer to symbolise hope & good fortune.The laundry dress has elasticated detailing & trimmings inspired from bed linen to capture emptiness & hollow volume of what once was.
Monochrome grey desensitises all surroundings, every garment in this collection is made in tones of grey.
Its ok not to be ok.
Fashion / Art direction by Cunnington & Sanderson
Photography by Rafael Kroetz
Hair & Make-up by Sabine Nania
Model by Zoe Hervava at Tune Models