Cage My Body!

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:

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Gaultier’s done things like that throughout his career. It ties into his whole love of corsetry.
From 1988
S/S 01S/S 01 Haute Couture

S/S 02 Haute Couture

S/S 06 Haute Couture

F/W 08 Haute Couture

yohji yamamoto autumn winter 2006:

ssey miyake “rattan body”, spring summer 1982:

issey miyake “wire body”, autumn winter 1983:

Givenchy:givenchy

And others:tumblr_marvf20UPs1qlnnl5o1_500 tumblr_m1yitz7Ygd1qi0vcgo1_500 tumblr_m1hfi9dKNc1qbtt2ao1_500 tumblr_lyvahqzIdP1r6uar4o1_500 tumblr_lyd2oypJXD1qam77jo1_500 tumblr_lsyt97kCQ01qbawlfo1_500 tumblr_llenosTJbJ1qiug1ho1_400 tumblr_lkc787MQOO1qjs6a0o1_500 tumblr_lkc7blnQSS1qjs6a0o1_500 tumblr_lg3w5qrntW1qax929o1_500 tumblr_lffu3gVwr21qgsgsbo1_500 tumblr_leqzajnWLX1qg7rf0o1_400 il_fullxfull.164244102

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