Embroideries on the back pocket & on the back of the leg
Made in Quebec
Theme: Penal Scar
Long before the arrival of the criminal record, the State had its own way of leaving track of its power over deviants’ bodies. Under the Old French Regime, wilting consisted in branding, with a red-hot iron, the convict's shoulder with a fleur-de-lis. In 1724, this symbol is replaced by a letter explaining the cause of the sentence: "V" for thief, "GAL" for galley slaves and "M" for recidivist beggars. Regardless of whether they have payed their sentences, the wilt marks them for life and identifies them as criminals and potential recidivists.
The "M" embroidered on the back of the left leg of the trousers therefore refers to this criminal scar, this symbolic grammar of the committed crime: "M" for "Conviction Materiel" or even "recidivist beggars". The barbed wire, embroidered on the back pocket, recall the subjection imposed but also suffered by these deviants, forced to have this physical stigma for life. The fabric’s colour - or the flesh colour - has been chosen to approach a neutral point, more precisely the neutral grey; a grey that has no colorimetric dominant. This is a beautiful analogy between a color that has no opinion and the desire of not seeing any human skin tint predominating.