We’ve got a new trend on our hands: face-distorting jewellery. And unlike the pop culture inspirations that usually result in new beauty experiments, this one uses the idea of plastic surgery to give wearers a terrifying glimpse into the stone cold reality of going under the knife. Here’s what we know so far:
Created by Turkish jewelry designer Burcu Buyukunal, the graduate of Turkish Istanbul Technical University has been masterminding these types of creations since studying industrial design, with her first pieces earning attention as early as in 2008.
Meant to make a statement (that goes far above wearing feathers or fur on a jacket), the designer maintains, terrifying beauty focuses on the trends of cosmetic surgery to question conventions of beauty and challenge the function of jewellery as adornment. Translation? Let’s respond to society’s affinity for permanent alternatives and make some noise.
Consisting of a wire worn around the face, the purpose of face-distorting jewelry is explained in the title of the product itself. Is it comfortable? We can assume no. But if you’re willing to walk in six-inch heels or have battled leather plants é la Ross in Friends, you’re well aware that beauty and comfort aren’t always synonymous.
If you’re raising an eyebrow in intrigue, you can head over to Buyukunal’s official website and get your order on. And in the wake of recent Internet attention, it’s also safe to assume that knock-offs will soon be popping up via the likes of Etsy or artisan-based websites. You heard it here, all.
Obviously, this look isn’t for everyone. But if you’re interested in the designer’s message or using your own jewelry to make a statement, you can rest assured that nobody will challenge you if you’re tough enough to distort your face via wire. Just don’t wear it to the office.