Friday, 21 January 2011

Fashion Identity

Sharif Wahed - Chic Point
parts if the garment is removed to uncover the flesh, shown in a catwalk alongside images of Palestinian men enflicted with body searches and images of them at gunpoint. The images are glamorised alongside those of the catwalk. A sense of a political comment about its removal, like the collar shown exposing midrift on a shirt an the heart of a "I heart NY" shirt cut out on the breast plate.

Hussein Chalayan - Son of Sonzai Suru
Imposing black figures make you feel uneasy, the beauty of the the dress/garment is evident. Its a surreal installation and very unnerving, the face of the mannequin is moving, the eyes are moving its stiff and doll like, which adds to the effect of the industry controlling ht figures. It takes inspiration from Bunraku theatre a traditional Japanese puppet theatre to examine the manipulative element of the fashion industry. It is a piece that makes us consider the our perception of the fashion industry and how it is managed and controlled in terms of style and what we should and will be wearing. It adds tot he idea of consumption being forced upon to be in with the times so to speak, to be 'fashionable'. This piece really spoke to me, the etheral feel and eery music all sat beautifully together and really made you think about he message that was being put across, it was effective as it was an almost scary installation to view.

Marcello Marloberti
Algerian barber shop photographs of four men in red apron covers in central France, the covers represent there Algerian identity ad how their confidence is reinstated by this comfort of home where the can be themselves and reconnect with their culture, they are dettached from their European identity. I like this image as it is simple in showing a place and peoples identity.

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