Destroyed Discomfort pulls inspiration from my struggle with an eating disorder and focuses on the idea of taking “sick clothes” (clothing that those with an eating disorder use to measure their self-worth based on how the clothing fits on their body) and deconstructing them and repurposing them into new garments. I took my own clothing and denim jeans found at thrift stores and therapeutically destroyed the old garments that once defined my illness and gave them a new life by taking them apart and reimagining them into beautiful and elegant designs.
Destroyed Discomfort is a collection of contemporary womenswear that features burlap, silk charmuse, shantung sateen, crepe back satin, denim and cotton poplin in hues of camel, soft pink, rich burgundy and navy with beaded tulle and measuring tape accents. The use of harsh, scratchy burlap is meant to make the wearer of the garments feel the discomfort in their own skin that I felt when I was in the depths of my eating disorder. The contrast of soft and fluid silk and satin fabrics are used to show the possibility of freedom from feeling entrapped in one’s own skin and the possibility of finding confidence and beauty in one’s self. Raw, jagged hemlines and cut-outs contrast with delicate beaded tulle reverse applique insets in the designs. The collection also focuses on sustainability by repurposing old clothing.
We encourage you to learn more about the inspiration and concept of each of our collections below. Allow yourself to experience those feelings for a moment so that you may know the power it is to be strong and beautiful no matter what.