Working with PVC, spraypaint and hand embroidery to create directional womenswear, Edie Flanagan has lots to contribute to the current conversations around identity, representation and ethics within the fashion industry.
“Fashion is such an integral part of how we are perceived and I think it is often dismissed when it could be used to tell so many more people’s stories and interests. You can emphasise parts of the world you find important to discuss and create a whole new narrative.
I am Puertorican, Irish, Singaporean, Italian in equal parts and have moved about for a large part of my life. Perhaps this has influenced my lack of identifying in any culture – but I think it also allows, almost forces, me to be more open to experimentation. Inspiration is all around us and I am thankful to live and myself come from such diversity.
Fashion obviously has inclusion issues. That is impossible to deny: if you simply look at a runway or magazine the image being presented is thin, white and tall. However I do believe we are slowly seeing a change for more inclusion . Most fashion seems not to be worn for yourself first but to be deemed attractive. The image of what is sexy or beautiful seems so narrow, normalising and expecting a body that simply is not natural.
I would like to help contribute to the change into ethical fashion and not sacrificing lives for beauty and fashion. I believe it is integral that people stop shopping with the fast fashion mentality, that clothes are disposable. Not only is it destructive to the planet and other people but in ourselves it creates an expectation to buy more than we need instead of investing in fewer but better quality items that we love. If that’s financially not possible, often better quality clothes can be thrifted for even less than they cost at Primark.”