Chemical innovation is a fashion revolution. The technological progress has been so rapid that we can no longer be sure that 'natural' materials are not in fact artificial imitations; fraud. Fashion intensifies and underlines feminine desirability, through the interplay between covered and exposed skin, often represented through bizarre aggressive manners. This work investigates the esthetic possibilities in unconventional materials in fashion design. Garments are shaped to highlight versatile, alternative materials, and to challenge the surreal, 'ideal' female figure.
"Of the MA collections, Anna Lidstrom’s designs stood out for their unique manipulation of industrial materials that challenged expectation. A beautifully cut suit made from refuse-sack plastic gave the impression of ‘found’ material, whilst foam and gaffa tape bracelets took ordinary objects and re-invented them as directional accessories. Foam, cardboard and even rubber were also used – with a pleated, cardboard a-line skirt standing out as a craftsmanship triumph. Vivid colours were introduced in the form of a vibrant blue foam jacket, colour-blocked against a pillar-box red voluminous plastic skirt and rubber and metal coiled necklaces completed the looks"
“Woven plastic crinkled suits, transparent polyethylene smock dresses, hosepipe necklaces and cardboard bangles. Artificial imitations of natural materials were the basis for this imposing collection. Industrial materials were juxtaposed against the femininity of shape and flesh. The versatility of unorthodox materials was showcased as the designer addressed the issue of chemical innovation in fashion. The wonderfully named ‘Fraud Matters’ collection was a witty interpretation of eco luxury”
"One of the most intriguing collections was that of Anna Lidstrom, who used industrial materials to create a thought provoking collection, questioning our usage of materials. A trouser suit was created out of bin liners, and yet because of the incredible tailoring, it almost took on the appearance of patent leather. Red plastic sheeting was manipulated, to create a voluminous dress, and paired with a blue jacket crafted from foam. Cardboard was pleated to create a stiff A-Line skirt, that took on the appearance of a lampshade, and with jewellery made from gaffer tape, coiled metal and polystyrene, Lidstrom managed to create a haute couture collection from the mundane"