The motivation for this collection derived from the artificiality of commercial femininity.
The stylistic inspiration derived from two major sources; David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Michael Lehmann’s Heathers, both released in 1989. In the first scene of the first episode of Twin Peaks, the naked body of prom queen Laura Palmer is found on the lakeside wrapped in plastic. This was a key starting point for the feel of the collection; the feminine body wrapped in clear plastic. As for Heathers, the depiction of female cattiness and falseness/duplicity running parallel with the transparency of the character’s intentions was the framework for the collection’s attitude. The sheer impossibility of attaining feminine flawlessness is what Plastic Princess FW18 is all about.
As for specific design details, many were pulled directly from the films and the overlapping period of 1980-1990. Key quotes, such as “fire walk with me” from Twin Peaks and “fuck me gently with a chainsaw” from Heathers manifest as embroidery, and the staples of Twin Peak’s Double R Diner (coffee, pie, and donuts), are used as appliques. All textiles are synthetic, and all of them see-through (or at least partially), representing the concepts of transparency and artificiality. The double ruffles and faux fur trims hearken back to classic femininity while padded shoulders and pleated skirts are reminiscent of an 80’s prom queen. Latex corsetry, mesh net hosiery, and leather dog collars fuse modern BDSM motifs with vintage undergarments. The blend of combat boots, platform Mary Janes, and colored gogo boots solidify the image of the delinquent schoolgirl who personifies Plastic Princess FW18 - complete with a studded crown to illustrate her delusion of royalty.