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Sydney Louise Shuba
Inspired by the disassembly of the body through fibers, this multi-fabric empire dress features a handknit cotton bodice combined with upcycled silk chiffon skirt embellished with hand-loomed tendrils representing arteries accessorized with a hand-loomed needle felted heart brooch. The gloves and capris are cut & sewn using upcycled 2X2 rib.
The fuchsia handknit bodice has jersey rolled trim around the neck and armholes and embellished with hand-loomed jersey tendrils. The hand-loomed heart brooch is needle felted using sustainable roving yarn.
Hand-loomed tendrils representing veins and arteries embellish the entire circumference of the bodice.
Worn over the empire dress is a novelty dusted pink broad rib wool handknit sweater embellished by needle felting with a fuchsia sustainable roving yarn.
Needle felting embellishment representing veins travel across the front, back, and sleeves of the handknit sweater. The hand-loomed artery tendrils were designed to cascade below and beyond the sweater.
The tendrils can be draped over arms and other garments.
Meet the Designer
My fashion inspiration is connected to body horror. Clothing often mimics the body’s structure, and I feel compelled to use clothing as a medium to disassemble the body. Veins, guts, skin, scars, and muscles, all serve as my inspiration. Overall, I aim to create something beautiful and grotesque. I want people to be drawn to what I make, and also to feel disgusted by it. I take a lot of inspiration from Japanese horror authors like Shintaro Kago and Junji Ito. When I design something, I like to use strong imagery mixed with fine detailing to make things that capture a strange sort of beauty. I also like to work in different methods of fiber art, such as embroidery, beading, and felting. My end goal for any piece is to ensure that it is not only aesthetically pretty, but also elicits a guttural reaction from the viewer.