University OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY, Australia
Shooting Kites is a response to the highly gendered military uniform – which represents the often sexualised masculine ideal. This collection subverts this expectation by transforming the uniform into something soft and feminine, revealing the fragility and vulnerability under the armoured shell.
Analysing air force uniforms from the WWII period, iconic garments like the bomber jacket and tactical assault vest are reconceptualised with volume introduced, stripping the uniform of its restrictive properties and reversing the design ethos of function-over-form. Garments are given multiple ways of wearing, transformability and reversibility while a bold colour palette reflects the designer’s love of colour and challenges the camouflage of military uniforms.