5 August 2008

Techno Threads - Part 2


This part of the exhibition looks at how science and science-fiction has
inspired fashion.

Manish Arora was inspired by space odyssey for his 2007
Autumn/Winter Collection,
faboulously kithy motifs are realized by using
traditional embroidery , applique and beading.
I was really fascinated by these, the details
where amazing and humourous,

plus I'm a sucker for sparkles of any
sorts so this won me over straight away!

Shelley Fox
was inspired by braille and moon
writing for her 1998 Autumn/Winter Collection,
the braille markings are embossed
on the wool fabric, saying things like
"This is a A Line Skirt" or "This Is A
Dress" ... the collection was inspired by a braille
book found in a skip, upon further research with the RNIB Shelley discovered
that at times a blind person clothes might have a
button with braille markings with the colour
of the garment.

Claudy Jongstra Combining raw silk, merino wool and silk chiffon Claudy Jongstra felted fabrics are richly coloured and textured. Donna Karan has used her felt for a couple of seasons, John Galliano and Christian Lacroix have made coats using her bespoke felt fabrics and they where even used for costumes in the first episode of Star Wars, but her greatest collaboration is with designer Alexander Von Slobbe, her fabrics are central to his collections, the collaboration started in 2002 is part of an ongoing research exploring new ways of colouring felt.

Walter Van Beirendonck is well known for his costumes for U2's PopMart tour, including Bono's "Bubble" suit. His Summer 2008 collection, intitled Sexclown explores virtual identity, avatars, masculinity and body identity.

BrandX art installation illustrates what a future disease caused by brand addiction might look like, a rash of logo spreads from designer sunglasses to the body ... hugh, scary!

For more information please visit the Science Gallery website.

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