How COVID Restrictions Brought To Life Jungwoo Park’s FW21 Collection
September 14, 2021
During the times of COVID, many felt isolated and had feelings like fear, anger, sadness, and frustration surged through us. In this moment of panic, designer Jungwoo Park behind his label The Stolen Garment started his project during self-quarantine period. Faced with isolation, Jungwoo Park felt like he had been bridled and restrained. For his Fall Winter 2021 Collection, Jungwoo Park named his collection . In this collection, he explores the fearful elements inherent to aggression, and reconfigures them into subdued yet evocative fantasy. Merinthophobia, which means the fear of being tied up, and how man reacts to such a restrictions are main motif of this collection. By borrowing various elements regarding BDSM restrained body and contrasting this with fluid body image, Jungwoo Park draws a body free from any fetters. Jungwoo Park choose to use various materials in metonymical meaning. The collection uses satin silk and hammered silk to make the shirts, jackets and a dress. One of the long coats and two shirts were made using hammered silk with this season’s water-drop image digitally printed on. The water-drop print refers to the imagery of sweaty bodies engaged in BDSM acts, and presents the visceral expression of aggression and fear against the black, white and red backdrops. The motif of sweat is also carried over into the crystal and silver jewellery as well as the beaded bag straps.