WHITECLIFFE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND DESIGN, NEW ZEALAND

CATHERINE BALLE

BOY WITH PEAR

Shaped by critical theory, literature and historical sources concerning the projection of both the interior and exterior self, the collection considers how the home interior in the eighteenth-century became an expression of one’s personality, supporting their illusions of self through a thoughtful adornment of space. ‘Boy with Pear’ references the drawing room as a metaphor for the way we live now, both as a projection of an interior self, as well as the potential reveal in the online realm. Supported with a range of accessories taken from the designer’s family treasures, these reflect the past and weave a narrative of exhibition and arousal, tapping into a wider discourse around what we should expect from high fashion: concepts or products?