What’s up with our fascination for putting things in a cage? Cages are oppressive,still we’re fascinated by them. It is just how our complicated minds work!
Body cages are a bridge between armor/self-protection and underwear/exhibitionism. This strange interplay is an important theme for our times, and was reflected previously by the ever-popular S&M trends of recent seasons (latex, tough shoes, body-con, corsets etc.) Now all those trends have started to seem tired, but the ideas behind them remain relevant. A newer, fresher spin is needed, and this is where cage-like garments come in.
backstage at Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture fall 2012:
S/S 01S/S 01 Haute Couture
S/S 02 Haute Couture
S/S 06 Haute Couture
F/W 08 Haute Couture
ssey miyake “rattan body”, spring summer 1982:
issey miyake “wire body”, autumn winter 1983: