'Tempest' / Bella Persano
Bella Persano's lighthearted collection reconsiders the parameters of fashion within a social context. While many lines focus on the physicality of their wearers, Persano's work is a testament to the continuously evolving non-binary landscape of fashion.
Artist's statement: "My collection works in enforcing the idea that fashion is fun! It shouldn’t be taken too seriously as people today very often feel limited by what fashion magazines tell us to wear based on physicality like skin colour, body shape, hair colour, face shape – the list goes on. This is all just a way to bring people down! As fashion icon Iris Aphel says “Style is attitude” so style really is only limited to what you choose it to be limited to. So ultimately my main message is - Don’t take it too seriously because clothing is just a piece of fabric and fabric doesn’t discriminate against race, gender or body type. Clothing can be created with anything as basic as a bed sheet! The art form is truly limitless – So go wild! Express yourself! – don’t be shy! BE PROUD."
Photography: Mia Davidson