My Gender Stole My Jacket

Originally entitled 'My Gender Stole My Jacket', this speculative design project was a reflection of research into how ideas associated with clothing effect behaviour. I wanted to question whether gender roles were defined or actively encouraged by our clothing. As the project evolved, it became more personal: less about dressing to become an alternative gender and more about dressing to become a role model. The final jacket design is an undergarment to be worn beneath a coat which reflects the qualities of both girls I know and fictional female role models. The combination of these qualities led to the creation of 'Pauline': the girl I aspire to be. The jacket is carefully weighted and touches the body at certain points during movement to remind and encourage the wearer to become 'Pauline'.

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