In her photo series Wearable Foods, Sung Yeonju makes garments out of various food items and photographs them. But unlike Lady Gaga’s entry into food fashion or the Bread Dress, Yeonju’s garments are not meant to be worn.
As a photographer and not a fashion designer, Yeonju relies on the aesthetic rather than actual wearability. Using such perishables as bubble gum, tomato skins, and thinly-sliced eggplant — the dresses would not offer much in terms of durability, and would probably leave a trail of food down the red carpet. Sorry, Gaga.
‘This series deals with the concept of creating images that interchange the actual reality and the made-up reality on many levels. This body of work is her [Yeonju’s] version of the made-up reality, which destroys the core meaning of clothing, which is the ability to be worn.’