Preston Douglas‘ third collection, In The Face of Fear, is inspired by his father’s fight and the courage we must call on to walk through fear, to fight back against it. The heavy graphic prints on many of the pieces from this collection are representative of the feeling he gets in his chest when fear takes hold. The stacked squares represent the layers of raw emotion surrounding the fear, and their transition from black to white signifies one’s determination to face the fear rather than drown in blue melancholy.
The use of bondage accessories throughout the collection visually explores the notion that fear is a form of self-bondage that can be overcome. The design aesthetic of this collection is inspired by silhouettes of 90’s European rave culture while exploring the similarities from that period with traditional southern prep wear.