Sander Reijgers, a fashion designer from the Netherlands, takes that “reuse” part of the green living mantra very seriously. His 2009 Mama Anders collection featured a line of jackets made out of blow-up dolls — you know, the kind typically used for sex (or, face it, access to the carpool lane).
“I customize existing tracksuit tops with parts of the blow-up dolls — the head, the breasts, the vagina, the anus,” the 36-year-old explained. “These dolls are so ugly and vulgar that turning them into something beautiful has become a challenge for me.”
In an interview with the design blog It’s Hip, It’s Here, Reijgers explained that he was inspired by The Malady of Death by Marguerite Duras.
“The main character of this novel is incapable of feelings for people, so he hires a woman hoping that sex with this woman will allow him to feel,” he summarized. “I do the exact opposite with my work: I remove the sexual function of the dolls by turning them into a jacket or a bag. In this way, the doll can ‘feel’ by performing a normal day-to-day task, rather than through sex.”
Instead of being used simply for sex, Reijgers sees his work as liberating the sex doll to exist in other aspects of our lives. He recently tweeted an article naming these pieces a future commercial success. It is unclear whether he believes this to be true or simply finds the idea incredibly amusing. Knowing him, more the latter than the former.
Heads up, fashionistas: he has also made gloves.