ITS 2020 Explained episode 9: How to celebrate sexuality & the male body, by Jimin Lee

11 February 2021

 

Jimin Lee is a menswear designer from South Korea. She is a Parsons MFA Fashion Design & Society 2019 graduate.

She was selected for the fashion contest of ITS 2020 with her collection “Female Gaze”

Jimin is interested in eroticism, sexuality and the naked human form. Drawing is where her work begins and how she expresses what she sees and how she feels, revealing her imagination. ‘I want to express a woman’s desire by exploring the male body to show how I see them. I come from a conservative Korean culture where a woman’s sexual desire is taboo and perceived as abnormal. However, since moving to New York I have become very interested in the subject of sex and desire. I took a life drawing class where I was able to study the male form and I began to feel the possibility of breaking free from the repressed sexual culture I have always known. I don’t want to hide myself or my sexual desires anymore.’ Her drawings developed into textiles and informed her silhouettes. Large unexpected cut-outs on men’s oversized suits reveal parts of the male body. She explores a new found freedom through her work, that results in an admiration and respect for the naked male form.

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