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Fougères - Body Furniture, 2011  Photographer: Jeff Christensen
Fougères - Body Furniture, 2011  Photographer: Jeff Christensen
Fougères - Body Furniture, 2011  Photographer: Jeff Christensen

The initial inspiration behind Fougères was “body furniture”. I wanted to reshape the male silhouette by incorporating upholstered objects into a garment. The main challenge with this project was to strike a balance to achieve masculine qualities in the garment, while still queering the male body. It came instinctively to me to make a tank top for base garment. I opted to cut strong geometric shapes with straight lines. I also chose a dense fern patterned fabric, reminiscent of military camouflage patterns. As a result, the upholstered shapes blend into the silhouette when seen from the front. When viewed from the side, Fougères reveals a new dimension, perhaps echoing a more feminine or even pregnant silhouette.

Fougères is French for “ferns”.