Gallery 2022 – Emerson Kobak

Sportswear

Metamorphosis: Distortion

Women are taught to change in order to fit the demanding expectations of society. Metamorphosis conveys this idea via its fabric manipulation and silhouettes. My pieces are composed of fabrics altered from their original state, rendering them unrecognizable, and the oversized silhouettes demonstrate how women are consumed by impossible expectations. This distortion is dark, but liberating; while women can lose themselves trying to please others, we can also reclaim our narrative.

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Front view of "bruise" oversized sustainably filled puffer coat, made of handcrafted fabric manipulations. Colors: White, black, grey, purple, cream

“Bruise” oversized sustainably filled puffer coat made of handcrafted fabric manipulations

Back view of "bruise" oversized sustainably filled puffer coat, made of handcrafted fabric manipulations. Colors: White, black, grey, purple, cream

Manipulations made with dryer sheets, hot glue gun, heat gun, paint, and elastic thread

Close-up image of the underdress made of quilted/melted tulle scraps molded to the form with a heat gun. Color: Black

Underdress made of quilted/melted tulle scraps molded to the form with a heat gun

Sketches

Sketches for the Metamorphosis collection

Meet the Designer

Emerson Kobak

Westport, Connecticut

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Credits:

Photographer: Emerson Kobak
Video Editor: Nadia Avdiu
Model: Francesca Bornancini

FIT, State University of New York

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