Set in a post-socialist flat in Budapest, photographer Wanda Martin and London College of Fashion’s womenswear graduate Fabian Kis-Juhasz came together to shoot his collection and explore the concept of vulnerable women in horror films. To create a spooky, modern-day Salem witches vibe, he uses layered looks of mesh and tulle resembling sheer batiste fabrics from the romantic era. The modern touch is created by pieces made from a substantial yet elastic material, developed by Kis-Juhasz by combining leather and power-mesh.
The collection aims to look at, and question the victimisation of women in the horror genre. These victimised roles are often heavily influenced by the understanding of femme gender identities – perceived in and by a male-dominated industry. In most films, women will either die as collateral damage on the male hero’s tough journey to survival; or they will be saved by the male hero. In this day and age, is it right to continue portraying women as the weak, vulnerable and helpless?