Central Saint Martins
Graduate Diploma Fashion
The mutant produce of nuclear warfare meets a seductive siren, post-oil spill. With bulbous bulges, gloopsy slime, hairy fraying and reptilian skins, women’s wear designer Clementine Baldo explores beauty ideals and the monstrosities of womanhood in her experimental collection, little monster.Baldo, 23, was born in Normandy, France to an opera singer and an engineer. After graduating with a degree in design from Institut Français de la Mode, Baldo had a stint designing at Jean Paul Gaultier, leaving to further qualify at Central Saint Martins. “I think London nurtures the experimental and crazy designs that I want to create,” she says, looking down at her slightly chipped cobalt blue nail varnish – a shade that perfectly matches the outline of a small fish, permanently doodled onto her wrist. Fascinated by all things mystical as a child. Obsessed with the supernatural as a teen. And, inspired by the likes of Emil Ferris’s My Favourite Thing is Monsters, This Young Monster by Charlie Fox, Coppola’s Dracula and Matthew Barney’s post-human characters in Cremaster – Baldo has always been a fanatic for things that deviate from the norm.The effortlessly stylish designer tousles a hand through her messy blonde hair as she ponders the words in English: “I am disturbed yet so attracted to the monster; the wrinkles, scars, hair, slime and flesh. A monster can have features that society has made us think women cannot. During lockdown, I began to explore and play with my own body. Is my own body monstrous?”After over a year of lockdown restrictions, the dance floor is in sight. But, as we re-enter society, many of us face exacerbated insecurities and anxieties about our form. We are plagued by unrealistic beauty standards and expectations, set by patriarchal trickery and catalysed through social media and economics. Women are lead to believe that to be ‘beautiful’ they must have small noses and wide eyes, no wrinkles, spots nor scars, a tiny waist and perky breasts. No cellulite. And body hair? None. Baldo simplifies: “It’s easier to be a monster than a woman.”Words by ROSE ELIZABETH DODDhttps://www.fraeulein-magazine.eu/its-easier-to-be-a-monster-than-a-woman/
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