Do You Like Your Skin?

by HelluvaGirl

Since the ancient times, human body’s been an intriguing object – anatomically, socially, aesthetically. What’s there inside? What are the accepted ways of presenting one’s body in public? How far can we go changing it?

These questions have been raised millions of times with the growing body awareness, with the changing levels of the appropriate and with the opportunities given by plastic surgery*.

I don’t remember my past lives but I believe our generation is the most daring and free in what we can do to be different – or closer to our personal ideal body image. Body is what visually represents us best and sends a message not only about our self-image, but also about our world outlook.

If it was for us to decide, what message it would be? What if we started playing with the established notions?

Imagine skin as a material cut in a different way than the anatomical system suggests: more or less body parts than usual; texture resembling vein patterns; skin having lost its racial meaning as the colours melt in each other…

Each model of “Inversija”** by Ieva Daugirdaite is unique, owning a different “skin”. It reflects the ambition to become individual, one-of-a-kind, advanced. The purpose of the collection is rediscovering human body as an object of endless variations.

The choice of materials is based on the three skin layers:

  • epidermis, or the first layer, responsible for skin protection. It’s represented by neoprene;
  • dermis, the second layer. Hair grows in it; sweat glands are located there. The material of choice is cotton which ventilates sweat and doesn’t restrict movement;
  • hypoderma, the third layer of skin, abundant with fats responsible for the warmth of skin. The material is faux fur representing both skin layer and human hair.

The colours of the collection are based on Von Luschan’s chromatic scale – it’s a method of classifying skincolour into 36 tones. Complex seams of the items are a resemblance of visible and unseen muscular lines. Nipples are used not only as playful prints, but also as buttons – they have functional meaning.

“With this collection, I wanted to ask a question if the skin we have is the final version”, says Ieva, the author of “Inversija”. “I made an attempt to change the established body image. This collection proposes a modified look of the human.”

*In 2000, 7,401,495 plastic surgeries were performed in the USA. In 2006 – 10,984,003 and in 2007 – 11,795,065 surgeries were performed. Approximately 55,000,000 surgeries are presumed to be performed in the year 2015.

**Inversion in Latin means a reversal of usual order or place.

P. S. I totally dig the jacket in the last photo! 🙂


Clothe design: Ieva Daugirdaite
Info: Ieva Daugirdaite
Photo: Ausra Osipaviciute (www.aography.com)
Models: Indre G., Indre S.