Flash Metal Dress
Hand-cut silver metallic leather
‘Within the structure of lace there exist many boundaries that separate space from solid areas. These reflect the Scottish and Australian sides of my cultural heritage.
I selected leather to symbolise my skin and how this is a boundary I exist within. The reflective nature of the material reflects my physical identity to others and also enables the viewer to get a flash of their own reflection, inviting them to connect with the boundaries of their own identity. I have used two separate skins of leather which are joined together to represent the merging of my cultural origins.
All of the solid areas of leather I removed are scattered around the base of the garment, to symbolise the importance of reflecting on where I have come from and how this defines who I am.’