Mia Kym is a final year Costume Design student, studying at Birmingham City University. Heavily inspired by controversial gender roles and Japanese culture, Mia’s bespoke corsetry portrays a newfound world of drag through the combination of traditional costuming methods with Japanese Shibari. Using unusual fabric to create unorthodox textures and combinations, Mia is a highly skilled and experimental individual whom loves to manipulate the blurring of gender boundaries through bespoke corsetry in performance art. Distorting and exaggerating silhouettes to craft and highlight the different body forms on various gendered bodies, her current project is displayed here for her final university project, that will be continued throughout 2020 once it is safe to do so after COVID-19.
PUSHING LIMITATIONS WITH RESTRICTION AND KNOT TYING, COMBINING SHIBARI AND MACRAME TOGETHER TO CREATE AN UNTRADTIONAL CORESTRY BASED OUTFIT INSPIRED BY THE ART AND PRACTICING OF SAMURAI. BLURRING STEREOTYPICAL BOUNDARIES AND SILHOUETTES IN GENDER WITH THE USE OF UNUSUAL FABRICS TO CAPTURE THE MANTRA OF LIFE FOR ANDROGYNY AND GENDER FLUID COSTUME.
THIS FINAL MAJOR PROJECT WILL BE A BESPOKE CORESTRY COLLECTION, INCLUDING UNCONVENTIONAL AND UNQIUE PIECES IN A LAUNCH CAPSULE FOR THE UPCOMING PERFORMANCE ART BUSSINESS ‘M I A K Y M D E S I G N S’ . THE CAPSULE WITHHOLDS 6 FINAL OUTFITS MADE UP OF ATLEAST THREE GARMENTS EACH. EACH OUTFIT IS TAILORED TO THE MODEL / DRAG QUEEN, ENSURING THAT MOVEMENT AND FLUIDITY IS ENABLED FOR THE FINAL PERFORMANCE AT THE LOCAL GAY CLUB, NIGHTINGALE. WITH BOTH MODELS JUXTAPOSING ONE ANOTHER, THEY FABRICATE A BEAUTIFUL AND UNORTHODOX COVER FOR THIS PROJECT, WHILST HOLDING THE IDEALS OF A SAMURAI WARRIOR WITH THEIR DRAG PERSONAS.
WITH THIS PROJECT I WILL BE COLLABORATING WITH A NUMBER OF CREATIVES IN THE PERFORMANCE ART INDUSTRY. ALL INDIVDUALS IN THE INDUSTRY INTERTWIN, WORKING WELL TOGETHER ALLOWING A STRONG PROJECT AND CONCEPT TO FORM. ALL INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN BRIEFED ON THE REQUIREMENTS AND THE CONCEPT OF THIS COLLECTION.
DUE TO THE OUTBREAK OF COVID-19, THE PERFORMANCE, PHOTOSHOOT, SHORT FILM AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE FINAL GARMENTS HAVE BEEN PUT ON HOLD UNTIL THE NEAR FUTURE, HAVING BEEN IN CONTACT WITH ALL PEOPLE APART OF THE COLLABORATION, THEY ARE ALL HAPPY TO CONTINUE WITH THIS PROJECT, WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.