Fashion

Christopher Shannon Fall ’16, an Examination of ’80s Suburbia

Fashion

Christopher Shannon Fall ’16, an Examination of ’80s Suburbia

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Photography: Conor Clinch

For Christopher Shannon’s fall ’16 presentation titled, “The Comfort and the Horror,” he pulled inspiration from his Liverpool native, mining memories of an ’80s suburban childhood. This was an era before the rise of Internet culture—before we all became digitally connected and everyday simplicities were fixtures of attention.

Shopping bags, babysitters, mother’s 7 pm dinner, annual vacations to the beach; these markers of “comfort” as a child gradually transformed into suffocations or “horrors” as a teen, but reflecting back as adults, we’re armed with a rose-tinted perspective of those charming mundanities.

Shannon distilled this dialogue into a nostalgic showcase, featuring found VHS footage from Liverpool and a wooden set that recalled the framework of suburban housing. The collection expanded on these youthful references, introducing coats in a boyish plaid, short boxer shorts and velour track suits that recalled dreadful elementary mile runs. Watch the presentation, below: