Public Boudoir

Taking its name from the 18th century women’s only changing room, Leonie Mergen’s first SS15 collection reflected on gender roles and their ever-changing presence in our lives. The boudoir acts to symbolise this motif, holding historical significance as a haven against societal pressures of women’s decency. Over time the word gained a new meaning, and the concept of boudoir photography gained prominence in the 1920s.

“Public Boudoir” explores this phenomenon, incorporating elements of design typically associated with lingerie to create outerwear that society may have previously been deemed unacceptable. Leather, silk and latex intensify this motif, resulting in a series of ensembles that blur the lines between outer and underwear.