Skin has a complex and vital interior beneath its dead outer surface. Skin’s middle layer, the dermis, is a dense substance made of collagen and elastic fibers, while the innermost layer of fat insulates heat and protects against injury. These hidden layers provide the supportive padding that shapes the body’s outer envelope.
Clothing supplements the skin’s defenses against the elements. Contemporary designers have hyper-extended fashion’s protective capacity, creating garments that serve as portable environments for the modern nomad, set loose in a wilderness defined by work and leisure as well as the forces of nature.
Ellen Lupton, Skin: Surface, Substance, and Design