“Wallflower” is a conceptual fashion installation that challenges traditional trappings of femininity. Hand-sewn garments explore feelings of anxiety and entrapment using patterns and themes associated with interior design and homemaking accessories mass marketed to women. It’s a world where the prosaic becomes oppressive—in one piece, a vintage nightgown becomes a symbol of limitation. Fashion informs our sense of identity and how we perceive each other’s place in the world. Though it isn’t typically considered among the canon of protest art, it is a potent means of political self-expression and a catalyst for change. I hoped these pieces will provoke conversation about gender stereotypes and the liberation of breaking them.