from DesignBoom

Earlier this year, comme des garçons opened a new space in paris called 3537. named after its location — 35-37 rue des francs bourgeois — the space hosts exhibitions, concerts, community exchanges and collaborations with local creatives.

on view until december 19th is star naked, an exhibition by london-based australian artist and couturier michaela stark who brings her custom, one-off lingerie pieces designed to sculpt and disfigure the body while addressing body positivity and fashion’s sizing problem.


michaela stark’s star naked exhibition at 3537 showcases new couture pieces together with a selection of photographs by sølve sundsbø. featuring corsets, ribbons, chiffon, tulle and organza undergarments, the pieces morph the bodies that wear them to the point that they are unrecognizable and taken far away from what we have been taught to believe is beautiful.

‘I want to elevate plus size voices,’ said starck. ‘regardless of how much I have morphed their bodies, the way that they look in my garments is always within their control.’

each piece that stark creates is very specifically tailored and created using couture techniques. she often uses delicate silks, hand dyed fabrics and intricate embellishment. each piece is one of a kind, and has been designed and tailored to perfectly fit and celebrate the body of the intended wearer – whether that be herself or an external client.