Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

ALEXANDRA ARMATA

CUT + PASTE

CUT + PASTE tells a narrative about the process of dressing to shape the way we are perceived. Materials ordinarily used only for assembly, such as tape and threading, are employed as a metaphor for constructing one’s own look. The garments are assembled primarily from white fabrics to represent a blank canvas, with ripped pieces of tape used to assemble the outfits. It appears haphazard and chaotic, but the composition is also restrained, and ultimately fragile. The garments reflect the use of fashion as a tool to manipulate perceptions and construct a public identity.