With his Fall Winter 2021 Collection, Chinese designer Sean Suen asks a question What is ”normal”? And what is “abnormal”?
In today’s society, there are rules – implicit and explicit – that define the correct path. Follow the guidelines without fail, and you are the perfect replica. But what if another path opens in front of your feet? What if self- awareness ignites within you? Deviating from the straight and narrow of societal ideals, you are first out of place, then “abnormal” leads to judgment and criticism. You become at once a target and a cautionary tale. – from Sean Suen.
Seeking another path, on which restrictive ideals are shed and where non-conforming individualized self-awareness becomes the only rule, he treats clothing as a mouldable, fragmented material. The designer fractures the body’s classic outlines and proportions, creating an unusual structures. Through this attempt to establish a connection between “normal” and “abnormal”, Sean Suen blures the stereotypes in between.