Jacqueline Firkins Creates a Line of Dresses Inspired by Cancer Cell Photos

By: Mesel Isaac - Published: Mar 21, 2014 • References: theatre.ubc and news.ubc
University of British Columbia costume design professor Jacqueline Firkins has created a line of dresses, inspired by microscopic photographs of cancer cells for a presentation entitled Fashioning Cancer: The Correlation between Destruction and Beauty.

While these dresses are certainly beautiful, it is only upon examination of the microscopic photos of the cancer cells that each of these 10 dresses are based on, does the collection take on new significance. Each color is deliberately chosen to represent the dying neurons, damaged brain tissues, infected nuclei, membrane channels and many other cellular systems found in the photographs taken at the UBC science lab.

Designed to explore the "disconnect with the fashion imagery that commonly represents the disease" Jacqueline Firkins hopes that her cancer cell-inspired fashion gowns will encourage a dialogue at the presentation on March 25.