Northampton student bombarded with obscene Tinder messages turns them into fashion items

A fashion student at the University of Northampton has used her appalling experiences on dating apps as inspiration for her final-year fashion collection. Molly Barchard has used vile comments sent to her on the dating app Tinder as decorations and designs for several pieces of clothing.

The 22-year-old from Leighton Buzzard is in her third year of her Textiles for Fashion course at the university. Molly has a constant stream of unwanted, sexualized messages arriving into her Tinder inbox, including comments on her appearance and unsolicited sexual advances.

“Some of the messages can be funny, but some are just plain nasty, and I really wish I knew why people take the time and effort to send them,” she said. “Unfortunately, dating apps make people focus on appearance, rather than personality, so you get people judging you on a photo.

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“So, it’s often all about looks, and that puts so much pressure on women. Nobody needs to be told they need bigger boobs, or have somebody sexualize you before even meeting you.

“Some say it’s just a banter and want to see if you can take it. But it’s not something they’d say to your face, it’s just out of order. “

Now Molly has put these explicit and unwarranted comments to good use in her university work. She’s taken the worst, and some of the more bizarre, and printed them on a full-length bodysuit, trousers, top and gilet.

She also made a waistcoat from redesigned emojis. Comments on the ingenious fashion pieces include: “you need bigger boobs”, “are you seeking a master”, “quick 1 in maccies”, and “IDK if I wanna f * ck you or knock you out.”

Commenting on her collection, Molly said: “I want to highlight what it feels like to be a single woman in today’s modern world of app dating. In an era where we celebrate how far we’ve come terms of equality, we really haven’t come that far at all when women like myself are getting these types of unwanted messages. ”



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Molly said “Nobody needs to be told they need bigger boobs, or have somebody sexualize you before even meeting you.”

Despite these experiences, however, Molly has not been totally put off app dating. “Like most people my age, I’ve met all my boyfriends via an app.

“So, they can be a great way of meeting people. You just have to wade through some awful things to find somebody who is normal, and you click with.”

Jane Mills, Senior Lecturer in Fashion, said: “I’ve been impressed with how Molly’s turned a negative experience into a positive, by hand screen printing the messages she’s received. I am both proud and impressed that, in the realization of her final year collection, Molly has demonstrated a willingness to take on and communicate an important and challenging issue that impacts so many women.

Through the medium of her printed textiles, Molly has created an effective and unflinching insight that focuses on a contemporary issue that blights the use of social media and its use in dating in the 21st century. ”

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