William S. Burroughs once wrote, “The junk merchant doesn’t sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to his product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise. He degrades and simplifies the client.” While Katie Eary’s Spring-Summer Collection is not junk, it certainly does degrade and simplify the client (or wearer).
Eary’s collection, entitled “Naked Lunch” after Burroughs’s 1959 novel of the same name, is paradoxical, insofar as Eary’s costuming represents a stripping down. Simply put, to dress up is to undress, to expose vulnerability. By externalizing the internal, Eary has rendered us symbolically helpless in our defense of what millions of years of evolution (or six days of work, for you Seventh Day Adventists out there) have worked so tirelessly to protect.
In such a light, Eary’s designs illuminate Burroughs’s sentiment. While clothing tends to elevate a man’s social status, Eary degrades her wearer by depriving him of his social marker. She simplifies her wearer by showing them as they are, as they evolved (or as they were created).
One would think that Eary would haven taken a different approach because, you know, she makes her money as a designer. I guess can you say that she’s got a lot of guts.
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