Annica Leah Cuppetelli

In this series I am interested in exploring how past and present fashion design is tailored to constrict the female figure and to ultimately transform it. The use of boning as a material is meant to recall the corset, which was used throughout history as a device to mold the body to the ideal of the times. In Eighteen Inches I visualize this by creating a constriction in the work that matches the average ideal waist size of the Victorian era. In Structural Garment #2 I revisit that idea using weaving and basketry, which are techniques historically associated with female labor.

Thus, while my work moves away from traditional fashion design, its core concern of dealing with the (female) body remains a key part of my work. Rather than simply wrap, transform or conceal, I attempt to question fashion and reveal its complicated relationship with the female body and identity.