Lets be slightly honest here, we all want what we can’t have and we all want to change something about our appearance whether that be a physical change or a mental/personality change. Change is forever changing and the fashion industry is no exception.
We most commonly know of plastic surgery to change and alter the body along with conventional and modest methods such as exercise to help change our appearance and make us look younger and more appealing or in some cases to make the body go beyond is natural capabilities . The term plastic surgery, the adjective plastic denotes sculpting or reshaping, the art of modelling” of malleable flesh (Merriam Webster.com). Women have for centuries been able to reconstruct their bodies by any method possible, shaping and toning the body through fashion ‘inventions’ such as the ‘corset’ and tummy tucking underwear, in order to fit the sexual stereotypes perceived by the media and the fashion industry in general. Fashion no longer a means as to cover and preserve the body is taking the idea of the garment to a whole new level. As designers explore new ways to construct garments and new ideas about the capabilities of the body and the appeal of technology more powerful then ever.
For the likes of Designer, the late Alexander McQueen its all about the torture and distortion of the female body often contorting the faces of his models with extravagant mouth and face Jewellery. This is done with the ideals of providing each model with the power to wound and attack through the garments often adorned with heavy and sharp materials and painfully tight corsets all in the name of feminism.
According to Bradley Quinn (21st Century bodies) fellow designer to McQueen, Tristan Webber ‘maybe the key to human evolution, because he holds the potential to change and shape the human body’. Its Webber’s fascination with the fusion of medical science and fashion design, using the skeletal form to re- constitute cuts of fabrics and altering the seams. Webber is known for his precision and surgical like cutting skills. Ever since graduating from Central Saint Martin’s College in 1997 the obsession with the human body and the nature of bodily forms proved to be a true statement towards Webber’s contribution to the fashion world (Bradley 2002, p. 33-37)
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