Alafuro Sikoki-Coleman’s The Modern Evolution Suit or ModEv is a critical appraisal of the role of women in modern society.
A “second shift” comes upon many successful businesswomen when they arrive home to become a mother, cook and housewife. Sikoki-Coleman developed the ModEv suit to give visual expression to the stress and strain caused by this double burden. The piece connects a typical business look with the high level of functionality needed when doing household work. The photographs demonstrate how the suit can be used: the wearer of the ModEv combines characteristic accessories from the world of housework and childcare with standard office complements. The suit preserves an external businesswoman facade, hiding the additional layers of work that society often does not acknowledge as being real work. This biting irony, and the fact that the protagonist is seemingly engrossed in feminist writings in two of the images, draw attention to the critical perspective that underlines the piece.