Creating garments embodying his personal queer experience, Olli Hull’s F/W23 collection of up-cycled hand-painted clothing is inspired by a childhood spent playing dress up in the safety of a secret garden, and the loss and rediscovery of that sanctuary.
The collection, titled ‘Doll Parts’, is heavily influenced by the London LGBTQ+ community and the styling featured extreme hairstyles and punk winged liners reminiscent of club kids and the ballroom drag culture. The hand-painted designs expand on the themes of dysmorphia and gender identity illustrated in Olli’s previous collections.
Olli Hull is an artist and designer who creates one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable art. His garments are up-cycled from vintage and second-hand clothing and each piece is hand painted by Olli himself. Olli’s collections are bold and honest and inspired by his own experiences with gender and identity.
By producing collections based on his lived queer experience, Olli aims to protest against the beliefs that keep art and fashion separate and inaccessible. “By bringing art out of the galleries and onto clothing, marrying art and fashion, we can become walking emblems of our ideas, experiences and beliefs, and we can create opportunities to have the conversations that for too long have mainly resided in art schools and academic settings”.
Shop the collection ‘Doll Parts’ now www.ollihull.com
Words: Lewis Robert Cameron
Designer/Creative Direction: Olli Hull @ollihull
Photographer: Bram Stelwagen @bramgraphy
Hair: Darcie Harvey @darciehairveyhair
Makeup: Callum Olver @callumolver
Models: Zinzi @mynameiszinzi @nevsmodels
Ella Eivereen @ellaeivereen @nevsmodels
Beej McNeill @beejmcneill