WORDS: Structured, Triangles, Heels
These set of collages take you through the good and bad of the fashion industry in New York City through a metaphor of heels.
The first collage, named Structured Strength, illustrates the empowering feel a woman gets when wearing heels, let alone working in the fashion industry. I used the empire state as the heel to represent fashion in NYC. The triangles as accents to emphasize the structure of heels and also the fashion industry and its complexity. The background color being purple, a color of royalty, and the "You're a fucking lady" sign represent the empowerment and sophistication women feel when wearing heels. Along with Audrey Hepburn and roses, classic icons of sophistication and feminism.
The second collage, named Fear of Breaking, illustrates the negative side of the fashion industry and the feeling everyone has when trying to make a career for themselves - fear of failure, fear of breaking, just like a heel can break. I cut up the photo of a street style woman who works in fashion to represent breakage and that everyone can fall apart sometimes. The "better times" represents disappointment one might have if they can't make it in the industry. The splatter paint along with the triangles and diamonds illustrate how even though something can be so structured, there's always a chance of it failing and "splattering."
Lastly, the third collage, named Fear to Faith, sort of combines the first two images and theyre meanings come together. In any industry and in any part of one's life for that matter, you are going to fail but you are also going to be able to get back up again. The gradient background from black back to the royal purple represents coming out of a dark time. I used the photos and structured shapes from both collages to makeup a heel shape - sort of tying everything together. I placed the negative, breaking aspects at the top of the heel and flowed in the positive ones as you get to the bottom of the heel to represent the journey of finding the light at the end of the tunnel, finally getting to those "better times."