Abyss: Fashion Collaborative Collection

For Abyss we wanted to capture a sense of isolation and mental deterioration. We did this through the use of sharp and elongated silhouettes in Aoife’s designs and distressed, frayed finishings that feature prominently in Colton’s designs.

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We chose to set the shoot in a derelict convent to further the theme of solitude and decay. This combination echoes the story of the inner demon’s victory against its host.

Fragmented Deterioration by Colton McGuirk is inspired by the deterioration of the mind and body. The inspiration for this collection grew from the sense of isolation and neglect prevalent in historic mental asylums.

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The collection features stiff fabrics combined with delicate, raw edges. Each garment contains a layered, frayed element as the distressed garments echo the decay of the victims and the institution.

De|Form by Aoife Banks is inspired by body dysmorphic disorder – an illness characterised by extreme preoccupation of the mind over body image.

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Each garment in the collection is a visualisation of the sufferer’s perceived deformity or defect in their physical appearance. Juxtaposing the black leathers with the light, sheer fabrics lends to the sense of the desire to be hidden whilst always being exposed.

Credits: Photographer: Du Jingze | MUA: Triona Gogarty | Models: Martha Andrushkiv, Sara Berger, Shay Smyth, Allie McDonald.

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