Friday, 28 October 2011

Jun Nakao

Brazilian designer Jum Nakao has mastered the art of paper fashion. This dress collection made its debut in 2004 at Sao Paulo’s Fashion Week, in a paper themed runway performance titled Sewing the Invisible. At the end of the show, the models were told to tear up their dresses “as a reminder that fashion is a medium and not an end in itself”. (Quote sourced from Perfect Paper)

Radical Fashion

Radical Fashion
Eleven world-renowned contemporary fashion designers were invited to collaborate with the Victoria & Albert Museum to create the unique installations which make up this exhibition.

Motivated by different impulses, and of different generations and nationalities, each designer has in common a highly influential place in the fashion world. These designers cut through ideas as well as fabric. Challenging established views, they have committed their lives to seeking ever more demanding expressions of 'beauty', with diverse and often provocative results.

Amos Tranque

A PULLING FORCE. This Collection by Amos Tranque is inspired by magnetic therapy. More specifically, the technique that places magnets on acupuncture points in order to cure and improve human health. The collection represents an exploration for connections between alternative medicine and contemporary fashion. This reinterpretation of the office suit has magnets incorporated into the fabrics and accessories in a subtle manner. In order to achieve the ideal masculine silhouette, the office suit has been deconstructed with use of magnetic forces and sharp cuts.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Alexander Verchueren

Alexander Verchueren graduated from the Fashion Department at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium, where she is currently based. Her work had some very graphic influences which you can see in her scrapbook inspirations. Notions of origami and architecture play a large role in the intricate pattern construction of her work.

Junky Styling

Self taught designers Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager founded Junky Styling in 1997, inspired by the prevalence of recycling in places such as San Francisco and Tokyo and the resourcefulness of the people of Vietnam and Thailand. The company began in an exposed studio on a shop floor, reflective of a completely transparent working practice. Junky is an innovative design-led label. All garments are made from the highest quality second hand clothing, which is deconstructed, re-cut and completely transformed. The New Yorker described it as ‘an eccentrically chic line of mutant couture’. A focus and belief in individuality means that no two garments are ever exactly the same, a design concept which led Vogue to describe Junky as ‘high fashion street couture’

Kate Goldworthy

Kate Goldsworthy is a textile designer and researcher, working in the area of new finishing technologies, materials R & D and design for recycling. Her passion lies with tools for sustainability in the textile world, particularly the recycling and reuse of polyesters. She is currently completing a practice based PhD as part of the AHRC funded project 'Ever & Again; rethinking recycled textiles' with the Textiles Environment Design research cluster based at Chelsea College of Art & Design. Her project explores technologies that could potentially change the way we recycle our textile waste, placing the designer at the centre of a process of multidisciplinary design thinking and enterprise. By focussing on the concept of 'life-cycle design', her aim is to create beautiful and functional synthetic materials, while preserving them as monomaterials, suitable for future recycling.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

‘Still or Sparkling’ Exhibition

Still or Sparkling’ (9 – 25 June 2011) followed up on the two previous exhibitions ‘Fired Up’ (10 – 25 February 2011) and ‘Down to Earth’ (1 – 21 April 2011). It explored traditional elements which link all these exhibitions. ‘‘Still or Sparkling’ explores a water themed exhibition; water in its mercurial beauty was the starting point for the artists as they examine the intuitive and the emotional qualities associated with water and the special place it was believed to inhabit between air and earth in classical symbolism. The ‘five elements’ or the ‘five great’ in ascending order of power, have always been Earth, Fire, Wind, Water, and Void.
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Sivan Royz

Sivan Royz, a student studying textiles at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv, takes inspiration from the world of nature when in bloom. Building upon the geometries of nature, she relies on silk as the base fabric which is layered continuously to shape each piece. Whether it is a bracelet, necklace or a purse, each piece reacts gracefully to movement just like a living organism.

Frictions by Steven Briand

FRICTIONS mixes human live action movements and stop motion animation to create a seamless and overlapping narrative. By utilizing colored paper in different sizes, the director, Steven Briand, also known as Burayan, creates the sensation of a pixelated field that adds shimmer and excitement to the movements. From the wall, the pixel animation moves onto the body and inside it creating a rich play between elements on the screen. Moving from axis to axis, the performance comes together and interacts.


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