Hate Couture is a series of high-fashion garments created through analysis of the usage and context of hate speech on the Internet.
Language is a key device used to ostracize and dehumanize groups of people based on criteria that are largely unchangeable: race, gender, sexuality, religion. In real life, the use of hate speech is a universal taboo. But how much attention do we really pay to it online, where everything we say is divorced from traditional social consequences?
Hate Couture examines the use of hateful language on the internet. One week of hate speech against one demographic is visualized on a bolt of fabric, taking the severity of each instance as well as the total amount into account. The entire length is then used to build a couture garment, created with a fashion designer from the group attacked, and inspired by the impact of the language itself.
Hate Couture is Roopa Vasudevan's thesis project for New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program.
This site will soon be populated with more details about the collection, as well as the raw data it was created from.
For more information about this project and my other work in the meantime, please visit rouxpz.com.