RMIT, Australia

Olivia Goonatillake

Empty Garments & Absent Bodies

Olivia Goonatillake’s collection ‘Empty Garments & Absent Bodies’ is heavily based on the research from her thesis: Pang: the representation of longing in empty clothes and absent bodies. The thesis explores the idea of empty garments in art, clothing as relics or memory devices and how the visuals of deflated garments can stand to embody both the absence and presence of the past wearer. The collection centres around the use of unconventional fashion materials such as resin and silicone. In addition to these techniques she has taken life moulds from a range of people to create resin and silicone casts. Olivia’s collection also plays with notions of street-wear and ways of disturbing typical ‘girly’ archetypes. The materials she’s chosen; such as lace, in combination with a predominately pink and purple colour palette can be perceived as ultra-feminine. Although once disrupted with dripping silicone, rigid resin and street-wear the ‘girly’ connotations are distorted and confused.