Cheryl Yun’s collections of “handbags” and “swimsuits” are sharp commentaries on current events and political situations. The delicate-looking swimsuits are made of gampi Japanese tissue, shrapnel, nails, steel and nuts, in contrast to their feminine allure. Yun’s handbags are covered in media images of a wide variety of disturbing world events. The totes pictured here, taken from her CYCollection, depict the aftermath of an explosion and fire in New York and a tragic knifing at a Japanese school. Fashion represents the consumer society we live in to Yun, who neatly takes fashion icons and turns them into vehicles for her own sobering messages which bear the logo of conflict and catastrophe.
Artist: Cheryl Yun