New Directions - Multiple Clothing, 1991
‘I consider clothing as an important area of strategy in art, as a territory of expression that takes the artist right into the realm of reality that is very much a parameter to people’s experience of society. So the works I have developed as clothing are made to be worn, though there is a clear difference for the wearer with the clothes they might normally wear, so that the act of wearing my clothes differentiates the experience from normality in the surrounding world. My intention is that in wearing one of these clothes you yourself become an integral manifestation of the work, and your internalization of the meaning of the work is through that act of wearing it, and subsequently what happens to you as a result. The works alter your interpersonal relationship with the other people you come into contact with, and alter their relationship with you…..’
Multiple Clothing, Designs 1965 – 1999, Stephen Willats, Walther König, Cologne, 2000
New Directions, 1991, consists of 12 plastic panels with transparent pockets. There are two tops, so a dress, jacket or coat can be made up as the sides of each panels are edged with zips so that any combination of colour and design can be put together. A set of printed cards – each with a word expressing a wide variety of psychological states and identities – are provided so the wearer can create phrases or words to express any message they want to.