In Bustle, a female figure manifests a new life for wasted clothing while visually acknowledging the consequences of its origin. Masses of torn denim aggregate into a discrete symbol of socially mandated suffering: Victorian-era women’s clothing. Bustles, corsets, and the like forced women into a shape that was visually appealing but physically ruinous. The earth’s plight is thus focused onto a single human body; by acknowledging her aesthetics as well as her painful constraints, an individual can relate their own experience to the broad-scale destruction of the environment.