The coat: exploring the relationships we form with the clothes that shape our identity.

“I don’t think my coat is the most flattering or beautiful, it is more the relationship I have with it. When I first got it, I wasn’t sure if it was really me. So, when I wore it for the first time at my mate’s birthday weekend in the countryside and a bloke said it looked like a dog blanket it made me feel worried about what other people might think. But as the weekend continued and we spent time outdoors in the cold weather, I learnt that the buttons don’t stay closed, so I physically had to wrap it around me and hug myself – it made me feel secure and I cared less about what people thought.”