Merriam Webster describes prejudice as, “(1): preconceived judgment or opinion (2): an adverse opinion or leaning formed without just grounds or before sufficient knowledge” (Merriam-Webster.com, 2018). Prejudice is a fear and misunderstanding of the unknown. One must be on the outside looking in to judge anything or anyone. If one could relate then they would not fear it or treat it differently.
This thesis addresses all forms of prejudice: race, gender, people with disabilities, the LBGTQ community, Muslims and anyone who has ever been wrongfully stereotyped or treated differently simply because they are different from the majority. Prematurely judging anything denounces the option of seeing its true capabilities, it limits it; a garment in the sea of consumption or a person. What does it take for someone to take a second look at a garment, for it to stand out amongst others? What do people feel when they think of a person in a certain garment? The purpose of this project is to expose prejudice through the art of apparel construction by suggesting that there is always more beneath the surface, and sometimes even what is on the surface is not visible at first glance. These designs can be styled variously and incorporate layering and asymmetry with optical illusion prints all together adding mystery to a garment. They play with proportion and balance which evokes a surprise element in the apparel. The goal is for the wearer to get a second look, another chance at being seen.