Fashion
  • Text Lisa Walden
  • Photography Tomas Turpie
  • 8th January 2017

Project fear

Matthew Miller is well known for his thoughtful approach to design: fuelled by the social and political concerns of our generation, he makes clothes that tap into reality, making the wearer think. 

Last season, Miller stripped things back, mixing logo tees inspired by 90s LA bands with denim-screened interpretations of a cloud-filled John Constable painting the designer studied at university. Where that collection saw him looking to the sky, this season witnessed a darker world view, honing in on the challenges faced by a post-truth era.“Welcome to project fear,” was the phrase that set the mood, Miller firing up the runway with draw-string hoodies, leather jackets and deconstructed shirting, blood-red stripes vertically drawn onto models’ faces from the nose down as he warned of the dangers of the digital age. 

The collection was about “protecting oneself in the post-truth era, uniforms for the disenchanted, disenfranchised, and disengaged,” explained the show notes. “Nothing is certain except the politics of unease and suspicion.” The show ended dramatically via flags, male and female models stretching ceremonial scarves around the top of the wooden pole. A compelling show that paid heed to the age of uncertainty, an apt expression of the fear we face today.