Initially, I was inspired by historically feminine dress, consisting of ruffles, ribbons and rouching and the social construct of femininity itself. Whilst constructing this research I happened to be listening to the feminist punk group Xray-Spec’s song “oh bondage up yours.” The first line of the song is: “some people think little girls should be seen and not heard, well i think OH BONDAGE UP YOURS!” The song discusses the bondage of society and the bonding of women into domestic and objectified roles and stereotypes, which I believe remains prevalent today. For example, I googled “girls toys” and the first three images that came up in order were: mini pink kitchen utensils, a baby doll, and a pink miniature kitchen. Combining the iconography and materials of bondage with “pretty” and “girly” fabrics I hope to convey an activist message whilst also creating a visually stimulating outfit.

XRay Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

the song isn' t about bondage in sex, it's about bondage in society, about being bonded into roles and stereotypes

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