Design House Georgina Godley British
Designer Georgina Godley British

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In 1986, British designer Georgina Godley came out with her Lumps and Bumps collection, inspired by a study of African fertility dolls. Godley reacted against the muscular and hard ideal body propagated by 1980s feminism, by inserting padded underwear overlaid with a jersey stretch dress. Her surreal dilation of women's curves went against the two fashion images of the decade, the figure-boosting, stretch athletic wear and the more shapeless avant-garde gowns. She wanted the garments to be inhabited by the female form as an expression of fecundity and power. To construct the collection, Godley started from Barbie dolls, which she saw as a "distortion of the female form", and modelled clay on them until they felt right. This sculptural approach led her to develop padded shapes which could be attached to the Lycra dress. Godley's background in fine arts infuses her designs with an art historical sensibility, offering an artistic “third option” for those women who want to upend the binary.

Dress, Georgina Godley (British, 1985–1999), (a) viscose, elastane, polyester, cotton, polyamide; (b) cotton, Lycra, plastic (polyurethane foam), polyester, elastane, British

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