We were given the topic to make a pair of shoes, gloves, a hat and a brooch and to embed it into a presentation. To get me started, I looked back at the work of Lee Alexander McQueen and was inspired by his omnipresent bird motifs . To McQueen, birds were biographical and represented the embodiment of the juxtaposition of opposites he loved to explore. In the form of feathered garments, winged headpieces, bird-like silhouettes, and many more, McQueen’s allusions to birds transformed into pieces beyond the context of their meaning at first sight and into those which add a symbolic presence to his theatrical runway shows and presentations. With this in mind, I transformed myself into a raven-like bird, the romantic symbol of death, while paying close attention to representation, execution, and function. All the pieces in this project are constructed out of cardboard, chipboard, brown paper, and burlap and are completely functional (for instance the shoes have a four inch heel with a two inch platform that will support the weight of the person wearing it and walking in it).
“It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.”
- Lee Alexander McQueen, Drapers, February 20, 2010