Sean O’Connor

Sean O’Connor

COURSE: Fashion 2017

Pathway: Design Menswear 2017

TITLE: 'A nameless guise'

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'We change and grow due to many simultaneous factors; shielding ourselves from harm by adopting characteristics to avoid discrimination'
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About:
The idea of 'identity' has regularly piqued my interest whether consciously approaching the topic because of a 1st hand knowledge about 'coming out' and wanting to delve deeper into societal behaviours. We change and grow due to many simultaneous factors; shielding ourselves from harm by adopting characteristics to avoid discrimination in varying forms whether that be looking, talking or even thinking a certain way to conform to the masses and remain under the radar. I particularly enjoyed Charles Fregers ' The wilder mann' a series of photographs documenting ordinary people who for one day a year donned traditional costumes to become completely different characters. Taking on varying forms from nature that to outsiders seemed ghoulish and archaic notions. The idea still rang through that we can adapt characteristics from all around us which can represent personas we would like to show the world in order to protect our own at times; vulnerable identities. Through my research I looked into the very idea of identity, how we can manipulate it so freely and how little nuances like facial hair, glasses or what colour you choose to wear all can influence how your are percieved and make up your identity to the world it is an ever evolving concept that is always in a state of flux.

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