Bath Spa University, UK

George Clarke

Freedom of Expression

The issue of mental health is explored by designer, George Clarke in his collection ‘Freedom of Expression’. Having explored the effects of mental illness on society, George became interested in the idea of feeling trapped in one’s own mind when suffering from mental illness-this lead him to look at prison uniforms and straitjackets, all of which are referenced in his collection through the use of denim, orange accents and re-constructed jackets . Contrasting the idea of imprisonment, George uses a graphic print based on a drawing by his six-year-old son. The print is designed to symbolise freedom of expression-the underlying message George seeks to communicate through his clothing.