Archive for April 2013
Although, textile design does not enjoy the same popularity as fashion design, I think we should take it into account with the same interest and consideration. Especially since, nowadays, this segment reveals many pleasant surprises.
So, I want to present the work of a young Israelian textile designer – Iris Arad.
Iris Arad, graduated from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, in 2012. Talking about her work, Iris shares her passion for knitting and her experience on mechanical flatbed knitting machine:
I was fascinated by the techniques and the process, and emphasized on creating three-dimensional shapes by using knitted surfaces.Today what occupies me is how to apply these surfaces to a three-dimensional shape – the human body. Another point of notice is my approach to the usage of colors. I try to create a combination that is not banal, and yet harmonizes, as to avoid dissonance.
To take a glimpse of Iris’ particular work, I’ve made a mixed selection: some of my favorite knitted details, designer’s sketches, accessories.
That’s a powerful beauty editorial featured in the May issue of Vogue Japan! You see, there are many fashion magazines and lots of glossy editorials these days. But only few of them, from time to time, manage to bring together the perfect light, the opportune model, the inspired stylist. I guess On a Clear Day in Vogue Japan is one of them.
Photo: Julia Noni (Chris Boal Artists) / styling: Aurora Sansone/ hair styling: Seb Bascle/ make-up: Topolino/model: Othilia Simon/ images via fashiongonerogue.com.
Mannequin: Corps de la Mode, a fashion exhibition organized by Musée Galliera, is currently on show and runs until May 19 2013 at Les Docks (Cité de la Mode et du Design), 34, quai d’Austerlitz, Paris 13e.
Fred’s fashion house model, 1897
Jacques Heim, Fall/Winter 1951, by Henry Clarke
Raphael, S/S 1951, Interfoto Venice
Kate Moss, photographed by Corinne Day, 1990
Kristen McMenamy, photographed by Juergen Teller, 1996
As the body is the genuine core of fashion, the models (whether we’re talking about tailor’s dummies or real women) play a central role in the evolution of fashion. In fact, it’s impossible to understand the evolution of fashion through the decades without considering the bodies that supported, materialized and inspired the most creative designs. The Parisian exhibition focuses exactly on this theme, that’s why I consider it an outstanding fashion statement. The history of fashion records a significant evolution from the tailor dummies designed for various clients, to in-house models (who also evolved from anonymous girls to designer’s muses), to the cover girls and contemporary superstars. Mannequin: Corps de la Mode attempts to catch the essential visual & conceptual shifts in fashion imagery: the elegant figure of the 50s, the powerful, sporty look in the 80s, the heroin chic icons of the 90s, nowadays photoshoped look and the appetite for surgical enhancement.
The exhibition curator – Sylvie Lécallier, an expert on fashion photography at the Galliera Museum in Paris, puts together relevant images, from anonymous photographers to the artists who challenged the role of fashion photography: Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Nick Knight, Corinne Day, Juergen Teller etc. The display of three-dimensional mannequins or mannequin variations (such as Margiela’s dummy inspired couture-pieces) is mixed with the images of living models (Twiggy, Kate Moss, Kristen McMenamy, etc.). Finally, the fashioned body represents a subtle dialogue between the organic and inorganic, between what’s natural given and culturally constructed.