The woman behind the hands, Marie Sommers, truly understands what it is like to couple the liberation of women and fashion in it’s purest form. Her brand Peeled has been at the forefront of millennial women taking back the control of their bodies. Her pieces have been seen at Amber Rose’s Slut Walk worn by the hood activist herself, Samirah Raheem. As a formally taught artist, Marie moved from Milwaukee to attend school art school in Chicago and recently moved to LA. When you look at her work you don’t only see a piece of fabric with paint but in fact, a masterpiece.
The original idea behind the collection was creating clothing that mimicked the interaction of bodies- so not necessarily just hands but all body parts and how they may intertwine with one and other. It is also meant to be about interacting with your own body. Many times I imagine the hands on the clothes to be extra limbs of the person wearing it- caressing and protecting oneself. By using our own body parts to cover ourselves, it creates the idea of nudity with out actually being naked.
I feel like Peeled is 100 percent about empowering your own body, especially for women. The clothing quite literally shows the loving and embrace of your own body. I think the collection exhibits perfectly that a women’s nudity is not always sexual, It is a simply a body. It is also very important to me to create a line that is completely inclusive. As a larger bodied person myself I know first hand how limiting clothing options can be. Peeled can be made in any size and in any skin tone, when a customer orders an item they get to fill out a form that allows me to create a garment that perfectly matches their body. People of all shapes, sizes and colors should have equal opportunity to express themselves and show off their beautiful body. That is something not offered by most brands,
The name Peeled came from the idea of layers of skin and peeling them away. Its the covering and sharing of your body in a public space.
Yes! I have spent a lot of time thinking of how I could expand the production process- prints, size run, etc, but at this point I feel like that the value in peeled comes from its very personal experience. It gives me the freedom to make clothing that is specifically for one body and person. I love that each customer is purchasing clothing that resembles them exactly! I feel to mass produce these pieces would take away a lot of the intimacy and message behind peeled. It is a lot of work but its amazing to see everyone receive their items and see the detail and thought put into something just for them.
When I first started creating Peeled, nobody understood what I was trying to make. I would try to explain to people my idea, but until I was able to complete my first collection and shoot, no one grasped what I was making or why I was doing it. As an artist when I am passionate about an idea I have so much faith in it that I know I eventually will convince everyone to see the value in it. Since i have started Peeled I have received love from several legendary creatives, which was really helpful in knowing that I was doing something right. I feel like the general population needs permission to sign onto something new- and I am determined to get Peeled the exposure to make that happen. I honestly just love what I do and would continue to create work regardless if anyone at all sees it.
Fun Fact: Her boyfriend is an insanely amazing artist too! His name is Mikey Coleman. This is one of his pieces that I will be copping extremely soon!
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