Let Them Eat Bread
Mount Sackville Secondary School, Co. Dublin
My Junk Kouture piece is Inspired by the ‘Neoclassical’ era of Marie Antoinette, her style, and her famous quote, “Let them eat cake.” From a visit to an old flour mill, ‘Shackleton Mill’ on the River Liffey – near my home-.I took further inspiration from another french person, The world-famous designer Jean Paul Gaultier, and his ‘Pain Couture’ exhibition 2004 for the Cartier Foundation. ‘”We can live without clothes but not without bread.” While Gaultier created his work literally ‘out of bread,’ the materials I used for my dress were drawn from the world of bread-making.
Materials Used: I collected materials to match my theme. For the corset/bodice, I used bread tags with sliced pan bread. They are supported by cardboard and recycled metal for structure. My fabrics are ‘sackcloth’ inspired by flour sacks of old. I used a large quantity of recycled bread packaging and sack cloth for the skirt. I made the Wig out of paper and cardboard, and for the shoes, I up-cycled high heels and covered them in packaging and bread tags.