the STOLEN GARMENT Spring/Summer 2022

Everybody of the day is fettered both externally and internally. Harsh circumstances like COVID-19 made everyone be isolated and feelings like fear, anger, sadness, and frustration surged through us. In this moment of panic, designer Jungwoo Park starts his project during self-quarantine period. Faced with isolation, Jungwoo Park felt like he had been bridled and embondaged.

In 21FW season, Jungwoo Park named his collection <high-stung>. In this collection, he explores the fearful elements inherent to aggression, and reconfigures them into subdued yet evocative fantasy. Merinthophobia, which means the fear of being tied up, and how man reacts to such a restrictions are main motif of this collection. By borrowing various elements regarding BDSM restrained body and contrasting this with fluid body image, Jungwoo Park draws a body free from any fetters.

Jungwoo Park choose to use various materials in metonymical meaning. The collection uses satin silk and hammered silk to make the shirts, jackets and a dress. One of the long coats and two shirts were made using hammered silk with this season’s water-drop image digitally printed on. The water-drop print refers to the imagery of sweaty bodies engaged in BDSM acts, and presents the visceral expression of aggression and fear against the black, white and red backdrops. The motif of sweat is also carried over into the crystal and silver jewellery as well as the beaded bag straps.

The brand, THE STOLEN GARMENT was launched following his return to Korea. In addition to operating “the Stolen Garment,” Park has also been a member of the sibling artist group “Geometric Study.” The annual exhibition/performance of the group has been one of many ways in which the brand has broadened and developed its narrative through artistic collaborations. Awards Woo Park have received include, second place in “2018 Survival Fashion K”  and “Seoul’s 10 Soul” in 2020 and 2021. Woo Park is currently a resident designer at Seoul Fashion Hub.