Art & Design

Scout Paré-Phillips’ ‘Impressions’ Shows Fashion’s Imprint on the Body

Art & Design

Scout Paré-Phillips’ ‘Impressions’ Shows Fashion’s Imprint on the Body

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Sometimes, somehow, an image, or set of images—nothing new or necessarily temporally relevant—will be picked up by the wave of the net and circulated widely. This is the case with American artist/photographer Scout Paré-Phillips‘s Impressions series, which, over the last 48 or so hours, showed up in three of my favorite feeds. The photos—peach nude skin on a peach nude background—show the literal impressions that undergarments and accessories make on a body. Scout Paré-Phillips’s other photographs are mostly bondage shots, a genre which often explores marks left behind on the body.

I love these images because this is something I have thought a lot about—how clothes, especially tight femme clothes, press against the body, and change it. I’ve thought about how body sculpting garments, like Spanx or a push-up bra, shift our shapes in ways that, if we could x-ray like in the comics, would reveal very odd looking, almost grotesque, figures beneath (a breast in a push-up bra is molded into a decidedly non-breast-shape shape, just imagine it). Scout’s series makes visible the ghosts of fashion on the body with no judgment; it’s a delicate thing.