Harikrishnan's inflatable latex trousers create "anatomically impossible" proportions - architecture and design

Harikrishnan's inflatable latex trousers create "anatomically impossible" proportions



For his graduate collection at the London College of Fashion, menswear designer Harikrishnan has matched cropped tailored jackets with billowing latex trousers to create exaggerated silhouettes.
The super-wide inflatable trousers consist of up to 30 individual latex panels, which are either plain white or arranged in contrasting colour blocks of brick red and forest or mint green.
Although they fit snugly at the waist, they balloon out to double the width of the wearer around the thighs, before finally tapering in again towards the ankles.
This look is achieved by pumping the trousers with air via a seven millimetre-wide inflation valve at the bottom.

"I got the idea when I was playing with my dog and I started thinking about how exaggerated objects must look from such a low angle," explained the designer, who goes by the single name Harikrishnan. "The thought of him seeing me as a giant figure or not seeing my head at all was intriguing, so I decided to reimagine the people around me through the game of distortion ? detached from the stereotypical, pre-determined notions of the human perspective."
To visualise this concept in a garment, all aspects of its fabrication, from the textures, to the colours and the patterns had to lend itself to working in three dimensions.

Latex was the perfect material as it stretches and, through its shiny finish, exaggerates the trouser's bulging silhouettes.
Arranging the individual panels into vertical and horizontal ...
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