Why is artist Zoe Buckman embroidering hip hop lyrics onto vintage lingerie?

London artist makes us re-think the degrading meaning of hip hop lyrics in these delicate undergarments

By Nalisa Alia Amin | Published: 21 Oct 2014

Hip hop lingerie
Photo: ZoŽ Buckman

It's hard to be a feminist and a fan of hip hop at the same time. Though we love the sick beats sometimes when we listen to the lyrics carefully, the amount of slut-shaming and degrading lyrics in the songs makes us squirm. (Do they speak to their mothers with that mouth?) Is it hypocritical of us to dance along to such vile lyrics? Is it possible to love the music but hate the message?

Meet artist Zoë Buckman. She's just like us girls who love her hip hop. Right now, she's working on a project called 'Every Curve' that portrays lyrics from famous rap stars 2pac and Notorious B.I.G hand-embroidered onto dazzling sets of vintage lingerie.

“As a feminist, my approach is not to shun them or their music and say, ‘That’s bad, I never want to listen to this.’ My approach is to take their words and recreate them as something beautiful and thought-provoking," says Zoë in an interview with i-D.

Zoë chose to hand-sew the lyrics on vintage lingerie to represent women throughout history while also engaging with the idea of embroidery as traditional "women's work".

Zoë's intention of her project as she says, “I don’t think that you have to always present as angry, masculine, aggressive to be a feminist.”

We can't wait to see what the project will look like when it's all completed.


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