Seduction hinges on processes of “hiding” and “revealing.”
“It’s what is left to the imagination that is most seductive.” This enduring phrase has been more or less trendy in popular culture throughout the years. In this collection I wanted to explore the ways in which clothing could shelter the body, while simultaneously exposing it. I became interested in garments that offer the wearer multiple opportunities to perform various states of dress and undress, as they please. Reconstructing more traditional patterns with exposure of the body in mind has lead me to unexpected new forms and garments which give authority to the body, and hopefully disengage from the binaries of gender as we know it .
Alexander Kershaw is an emerging fashion designer living in Toronto, where he attends the University of Toronto in the Master of Architecture program. His experimental attitude toward form and garment is fueled by a pre-occupation with space and performativity as well as questions of gender and identity as they are reflected in the conventions and languages of fashion and popular culture.