FMP - The Power In Femininity

  • David Bell

This collection is a deconstruction of the relationship between masculinity and power. Examining how the construction of masculinity effects power structures from politics and the workplace to personal relationships. Power is defined by ‘the capacity or ability to directly influence the behaviour of others or the course of events’ Power is protected by a facade of characteristics associated with masculinity whilst denying the characteristics associated with femininity. This collection explores the influence of masculinity on the ‘Alpha Male’ and how the minority of ‘Alpha males’ control the majority through oppression, prejudice and privilege. Investigating the consequences of this dynamic and how this effects different cultures from politics to human rights, such as the suppression of women and differing minorities due to the threat they pose on those in power. The concept is underpinned by researching the social construction of gendered garments such as tailored suits, corsets and bridalwear. Investigating the correlation between these garments, gender and power through history. I have deconstructed these garments physically and contextually to build a new idea of what these garments can mean in contemporary menswear. Developing a collection of fluid formal-wear that highlights my research on the relationship between power and fashion from fetish wear and bondage to 1980’s power dressing. Investigating how these garments give or take away power from the wearer.