Consider this NSFW attire: A Dutch artist by the name of Sander Reijgers is recycling inflatable sex dolls into clothing. Instead of shying away from the more anatomically correct “bits” (so to speak), however, he’s placing all the parts that make a blow-up doll a blow-up doll front and center. His raunchy, waterproof windbreakers and tracksuits are not for the prudish, but if you’re looking to make waves at your local Starbucks or, better yet, next PTA meeting, sporting one of these should draw some stares.
To make the clothing, Reijgers customized existing tracksuit tops with heads, breasts and other pieces from 50 blow-up dolls that he received from a “sponsor.”
“These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me,” he says of the process. His inspiration came from reading The Malady of Death by Marguerite Duras, in which the main character is incapable of feelings for people. Reijgers says his goal was to allow the dolls to perform normal day-to-day tasks—and free them from their original purpose—by turning them into clothing.
“It’s a challenge to turn something empty and ugly nto an aesthetic object that elicits a positive response.”
The media constantly bombards us with images of objectified women to push products, Reijgers observes.”I comment on this situation through my art, but with humour and without being too moralistic about it,” he says. But his rehabilitated wares are also a test of skill. “It’s a challenge for me to turn something empty and ugly like a sex doll into an aesthetic object that can elicit a positive response,” he adds.