LACANIAN LEATHER — Úna Burke’s RE: Treat Collection Signifies in Style

by Samantha Anne Scott

Constituted around emotional barriers caused by trauma, Úna Burke’s RE: Treat Collection subjects consumers of its objects to a meditation on restraint, healing, and repetition. A graduate of the MA Fashion Artefact course at the London College of Fashion, Burke’s MA collection garnered interest from pop luminaries, such as Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera, and NARS Cosmetics. Burke’s burgeoning leather legacy is in its infancy and it’s pretty thrilling to ponder the trajectory of her future collections. Here’s hoping there’s at least a little repetition in store, because the sculptural, emotional nature of Burke’s crossover art object-couture illustrates the artist’s firm grasp of the restrictive/comforting aesthetic.

Here’s Burke’s RE: Treat collection description:

“This is a conceptual collection of wearable art pieces, depicting a series of eight human gestures associated with the cause, the physical and psychological effect and the healing stages of human trauma. Sculptural forms are created around the shape of the contorted female body. A number of pieces are reminiscent of prosthetics and medical braces. This signifies the potential for healing within the boundaries of something which inhibits the body.

Carcass-like in form, each piece is hand crafted from vegetable tanned leather, resulting in a colour indicative of human flesh. They have been produced to be viewed as contemplation artefacts observed in the environment of the gallery and they can be used as fashion accessories when broken down into sections, such as arm pieces, leg pieces, head or neck pieces and shoulder pieces. They could be combined with other garments in flowing fabrics which would create beautiful contrasts with the structured forms of these pieces.”

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