Manchester Fashion Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University, England

JADE SHIELDS

THE NEW ROMANTICIST

This collection explores what it means to be masculine, the breadwinner, the manager of an office, the protector. Since masculinity is held up as a signal of the ‘norm’ in western culture, any deviation from conventional male attire is viewed with great unease. Exaggeration within the dress of those men who wish to step outside this somewhat rigid definition has a long history, and exaggeration itself need only be slight to provoke moral anxiety.

Inspired by the movement of 18th century Romanticism ‘The New Romanticist’ asks what it means to be masculine by challenging and breaking down the preconceptions of masculinity and patriarchy, experimenting with conventional male and female fabrics and detaching them from the main body of garments.