WHITECLIFFE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND DESIGN, NEW ZEALAND

WADE O'BRIEN

THIS IS THE COLOUR OF MY DREAMS

This collection seeks to explore the complexities of body image and identity through a surrealism-inspired distortion of human physicality. By creating pieces that disassociate from society’s pre-imposed restrictions around culture, gender and sizing, these garments become dedicated to exhibiting the uniqueness of the wearer’s body. Incorporating a subversion of physical features that cause issues regarding self-confidence, into desirable elements of each garment. 'This is the Colour of my Dreams' includes personal features from the designer and those close to him as direct points of reference: a pseudo eczema/acne outbreak through semi-precious stones and pearls, the rippled effect of self-harm scarring in the natural drape of excess fabric, and abstractions of flesh, outbreaks and gashes with experimental Shibori-resist natural pigment dyeing.

Drawing influence from surrealist ideals surrounding opportunities to express political, cultural and social diversity, 'This is the Colour of my Dreams' discusses the potential of liberated individuality and self-confidence.