My project “Reversed School” is about subcultural themes of punk and school uniforms, conjuring images of rebellious school children wearing their uniform wrong.
School uniform is a symbol of authority and institutionalism that erase individuality, and punk is like a tool to change this situation. I want to create the image of school kids who have a personality and make uniform from a symbol of collectivism to reinvent ‘individual identity’ and to promote the expression of one’s own style and attitude. So I make the clothes upside down in terms of silhouette, or wear jackets as trousers just as the kids would do.
I also applied elements of punk, such as spray paint, safety pins and leather jackets. Every leather piece from this project is upcycled. I sourced old clothing from charity shop, unstitched them and reconstructed them into a new piece. It’s environmentally friendly, and also illustrates a rebellious attitude.