Bustour: Menja Stevenson Wears Outfits Made From Bus Seat Fabrics As Quirky Camouflage

For most of us, long bus, train, and subway rides are spent listening to music, reading a book, or taking a nap. For German artist Menja Stevenson, these travels serve as a study in fashion. Her projects consider how ‘perfectly ugly’ the fabric of public transportation is, and humorously conducts social experiments to draw attention to the outrageous patterns. Stevenson began her project titled Bustour in 2006. In order to execute her entire plan, she first needed to obtain samples of the many patterned fabrics from multiple German transportation companies. After much persuasion, she received the fabric necessary to assemble outfits that would camouflage herself with the corresponding bus or train’s seats. The outfits are eccentric, often involving a tailored work dress or skirt and a matching jacket, all in multicolored, zany designs. When she sits against the seats, the convergence of patterns is almost dizzying-and yet, no one on board seemed to notice. Stevenson took passenger reaction videos (viewable on her website), which are surprisingly telling of just what her project aims to do.
‘Such a pattern, like a lot of everyday things, imprints itself into our memory unconsciously without being actually perceived.’ – Menja Stevenson

Bustour: Menja Stevenson wears outfits made from bus seat fabrics as quirky camouflage

Bustour: Menja Stevenson wears outfits made from bus seat fabrics as quirky camouflage

Bustour: Menja Stevenson wears outfits made from bus seat fabrics as quirky camouflage

Bustour: Menja Stevenson wears outfits made from bus seat fabrics as quirky camouflage

Bustour: Menja Stevenson wears outfits made from bus seat fabrics as quirky camouflage

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