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donghyeon kim

De Montfort University

Fashion Design BFA


Passionate about pushing fashion boundaries, I specialize in menswear with a focus on leather design. I merge my love for fashion with social consciousness, challenging stereotypes and promoting dialogue on identity and self-expression. With a keen eye for detail, I create visually captivating garments that evoke emotion. Leather's sensuality and rebelliousness inspire my innovative approach. Let's connect to explore transformative projects and make a lasting impact in the ever-evolving world of fashion.

Puppets in the club

Category: Design

Competitions: UK, International

Upon entering the gay club, I was confronted with a ubiquitous sight: men adorned in harnesses. Initially, this clothing item held a symbolic meaning of freedom for me within the club's gay community. However, as time went on, the harnesses became an overused and predictable stereotype, losing their original significance. They seemed to be mere puppets, manipulated and controlled by social trends, much like strings guiding a marionette's movements. "Puppets in the Club" presents a visually captivating collection that revolves around leather as the primary material. The collection explores the fusion of harness and horse saddle elements with a touch of metallic accents from puppets. By incorporating industrial elements like carabiners into the garment designs, the project aims to introduce an edgy and unconventional aesthetic. Drawing inspiration from the intricate craftsmanship of horse saddles, the designs incorporate structural elements.

Working with our partners at Arts Thread to develop lifelong learning and career opportunities for students of fashion and design. Our partnership provides the opportunity to compete on a world stage, participate in industry led workshops, set up an outstanding portfolio and gain access to the resources that will kickstart careers in fashion and design.