Ilpox by
Marina Hoermanseder

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Orthopedic practices to correct body deformities influenced the leather straps and buckles in this fashion collection, presented by Marina Hoermanseder at Graduate Fashion Week earlier this week (+ slideshow).

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

Vegetable-tanned leather is double-sided and painted red on the reverse to create patterns where sections are flipped over.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

"I became absolutely passionate about working with leather and manipulating it," Hoermanseder told Dezeen. "I experimented a lot with moulding, twisting, buckling and strapping the leather around the body."

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

Buckles secure twisted straps down the length of a perforated leather skirt and helmets worn after an accident informed the back of a visored hat.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

A series of buckled bands form the sleeves of one top, which has a zip-up bodice and two wide shoulder panels clasped at the neck.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

Straps are also fastened around the legs with metal studs, either over bare skin or white leggings.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

In some cases the leather items are worn over ruffled tops in red, grey and white, designed to emulate skin maladies.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

"The colourful silk ruffles were inspired by serious skin conditions such as smallpox and represent skin that is falling apart," said Hoermanseder. "They provide a contrast to the stiff leather elements."

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

Accessories include straps that fit around the head and cuffs that look like plaster casts, which can be attached to metal hooks at the breastbones of some tops.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

"The accessories are my favourite," the designer said. "Outside of the collection they work with casual clothes, adding a little fetish edge that's still high fashion."

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

Other garments are created by wrapping skin-coloured bandages around the body.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

"My aim was to give women a spine, by giving them support and self-confidence in the world of fashion," Hoermanseder concluded.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

The collection formed part of the Esmod Berlin International University of Art for Fashion exhibition and show at Graduate Fashion Week 2013 in London earlier in the week.

Ilpox by Marina Hoermanseder

We recently featured an exhibition in London that displayed fetishistic prosthetics.

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  • bogdan

    Who will wear this on the street? :D

    • 0-0

      Models in a fashion show?

  • JMC

    The Fifth Element?!

  • jjj

    @ bogdan – the rapper Eve!

  • Koda

    Good luck when nature calls.