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Emily Bakewell
Reactor No.4
A photograph of two models posing in Bakewell's garments
Emily Bakewell
Reactor No.4

‘Reactor No.4’ by Emily Bakewell focuses on the infamous Chernobyl disaster of 1986, producing a narrative that invokes emotion and raw imagery. Her designs explore the effects of the disaster and the influence of Covid-19 on new modes of protection.

Bakewell approached the serious themes with detail and consideration, creating a seamless line up of designs to encapsulate her research. The collection utilises padded garments and Puffer panels to emulate radioactive mutation. Some of the work includes a busy floral print inspired by the floral interior design trend of the eighties. From a distance, the detailed pattern atop transparent latex looks like skin abrasions or burns, one of the injuries caused by the reactor explosion.

Most of Bakewell’s designs also include face coverings, to promote protective measures in the current pandemic and to show that PPE can be fashionable.

A bold and graphic title page for the project 'Reactor No.4'
Title Page
2021
Research page on the nuclear plant accident
Research Page
2021
Research page on radioactive mutations
Research Page
2021
Research page on floral patterns
Research Page
2021
A number of different fashion designs in bright orange
Final Line Up
2021