Recently, we kicked off our Ugly project, which unpicks fashion's fascination with deliberately 'ugly' aesthetics. So far, we've live streamed a fashion film shoot featuring fashion by Christopher Kane, J.W Anderson, Margiela and more, and launched an enthralling discussion between SHOWstudio editor Lou Stoppard and director and chief curator of The Museum at the Institute of Fashion Technology, Valerie Steele. Next to take the garish baton is writer Harriet Walker.
The NeverUnderDressed.com fashion features director initially assesses society's obsession with perfection, dissecting everything from Spanx to selfies. 'We go to the ends of the Earth to find our best angles. Sometimes we get a little help sharpening them too,' she writes. However, Walker sees a countermovement appearing. 'What we see increasingly, both on the catwalk and the pavement, is a willingness in high-end and high street shoppers alike to reconsider the archetypal precepts of female dress,' she argues.
Walker's essay is an astute analysis, contributing to our on-going exploration of all things repulsive and all those who are repelled. Read her brilliant piece now and stay tuned for more in the series from fashion historian Lucy Norris and The Independent's Alex Fury.