The Invisible Monster
Womenswear research project inspired by and designed for survivors of Lupus and similar autoimmune diseases.
Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own healthy tissues and organs, causing inflammation in areas such as the skin, lungs, joints, kidneys, blood cells, heart and brain.
There is no known cure for Lupus and severity ranges from mild to fatal.
Lupus is most commonly diagnosed in women of color, between the ages of 15 to 45.
Common symptoms include: Photosensitivity, Butterfly Rash, Chest pain, fluctuating weight and extreme fatigue. Some individuals do not show visible symptoms at all, and as a result, seemingly struggle with an "invisible illness."
The purpose of the collection was to create garments that alleviate struggles of everyday life, with key focuses being Photosensitivity, fluctuating weight and fatigue. The garments are designed with the purpose of shielding the skin from exposure to the sun, while keeping in mind weight changes and comfort.