A Korean artist, Yeonju Sung, made her first edible dress for her graduation show while she was still a student at the Hongik University of Seoul. This school project became very popular and evolved in a long-term one called “Wearable food”. Her clothes are made of different kinds of food like tomatoes, onions, shrimps, red cabbage or bread and aren’t meant to be worn or eaten; they are only made for visual, aesthetic enjoyment just like any other kind of art, which they truly are. At her house, Yeonju Sung has a room which is a kitchen, an atelier and a photographer’s studio where she makes dresses and corsets that embody a curvy woman silhouette, like these porcelain corsets and dresses. She then takes pictures of them and afterwards throws everything away. So, what the audience see are just the photos of her work and not the actual garments. However, she did have an exhibition in Italy, where the public was for the first time able to see her designs and not photos. Yeonju Sung says that “Wearable food” defy the actual meaning, functionalities, and the aspects of what clothing signifies in our life.
When I first saw her clothes I couldn’t tell that they were made of food. They are very interesting and unique, but I wonder what people would smell like if they would wear them.
P.S. Do you think you can guess what they are made of?