lundi 13 avril 2015

Every day is fashion week!

Madona of  holy junk and her sacred child Picture by Anthony Lycett 

Loulou Reloulou found this dolls in the street and took it for we she had very sad eyes and was wearing a purple princess dress.  At the same time the Fara Worshop was closing down selling lots of vintage lace, beads, sequins, pearls, junk jewels for cheap prices. I remember rambling frenetically  among all the scrap of fabric as if I discovered the Ali Baba cavern.   I decided to customise the dolls with all the material I found in this haberdashery and in flea market and charity shops for Sue Kreitzman. For example the skirt is made with different colours and shape of lace I hand stitched layers by layers.  I also did the make up of the dolls to modify her gaze by adding fake eyelashes, lipstick and glitter eyebrows.  

Picture by Anthony Lycett 
It is also a way to make unique a standardised dolls produced in mass production industry in China and reclaims it from the craft sector  restoring her badge of honour.   Rescued from the gutter, from rags to riches,  the dolls become a Queen of Sabbath where unwanted material make her appearing all her glory.   

picture by Michele Martinoli 
On the 13th of March, I went to "Divine Tchothkes"  opening. An exhibition held at Tatty Devine shop by Sue Kreitzman and John William took over our Brick Lane store with a dazzling hotch-potch of profound junk. Vodou Barbies, reclaimed icons and an altarpiece of rescued treasure.

I was wearing the hair plate dress I made for Butcher window with my favourite 80's sequins jacket and my flowers & glittery skulls headpiece.  Sue is like always in all her glory dressed in Diane Goldie.  
picture by Michele Martinoli

I had the privilege to have my picture taken with the creators of Tatty Devine who has been my favourite jewellery brand since I was 18. I got for them an adorable little Pierrot necklace and a guitar button brooch.  They inspired me in wearing crazy statement jewels and make my own pieces.  London is the only place that you can actually meet in person the designer of your dream brand! 

Part of of the "One hundred Strangers" photography project by Barbara Asboth Photography who took my portrait at the The Classic Car Boot Sale where I was selling my jewels 

My Romantic clowns costume with the Carousel headpiece photographed at Dalston Darlings Institute  March Meeting with Sue Kreitzman evening

picture by Marie-Paola Bertrand-Hillion

For the fashion week I wore my heart dress but also some more "casual" outfit (which maybe for you are still Carnival related). This outfit is 100% charity shop look with a child tutu (happy I fit in) a vintage 70s top, and a glittery feather I turned into a head piece. 
picture by Marie-Paola Bertrand-Hillion

picture by Marie-Paola Bertrand-Hillion

picture by Marie-Paola Bertrand-Hillion
Tribal taxidermist earrings by Jaime Freestone 

picture by Marie-Paola Bertrand-Hillion
I had the chance to have some shoes lend by the amazing designer Natacha Marro for the fashion week, spectacular but really comfy! 

picture by Tetsuji  Fujiwara
Normally I don't really wear black&white but for the Fashion week I created this outfit is a mix between Chanel black&white elegance  and  British Pearly Queen. I am wearing a vintage Christian Dior ensemble mixed with my own accessories.  
Design Cancan necklace available on my online shop 
picture by Tetsuji  Fujiwara
Interviewed by The Guardian 

I made this trolls jackets with the emblematic toys from the 90s  for the show "Lie Collector" staring Yves Blake. I love to make garment that resort to an accumulation of common reference objects.  

"LIE COLLECTOR is a glorious musical celebration of the confessions you’ve been desperate to share.

Yve Blake collects stories from strangers in the internet and right up in the face. Why? To turn these stories into music. And costumes. And DANCE BREAKS!"

I bought this leather cow boy jacket few years ago in a charity shop feeling I could always use it for a costume but I never wore it. When Yve told me about the Western song I ask my Mum to ship it from Paris.  The fringe of the cow bow jacket where replaced by the hairy trolls according to combination of colours hat I stitched one by one on the jacket. 

This is not very elegant but I had to drill holes in hundreds of trolls's bottoms in order to stitch them to the jacket.  

vendredi 10 avril 2015

Bar 90 1st anniversary birthday party

picture by Anthony Lycett 
No, as people said, this is NOT a christmas dress but a a birthday present dress made of hundred of jewellery boxes stitched on a blue sequin cabaret base, here shoot for the amazing Self Styled project. also follow it on instagram

picture by Anthony Lycett 

For the collar I was inspired by the collection of Latex designer Dayne Henderson seen at Torture Garden  for his use of square shape in its design.  

This article celebrate a year of magical artistic collaboration with Bar 90. I met the events manager Olivia Casamatta more than a year ago through my flatmate.  At the time they were looking for a crazy and kitsch girl to host their Bingo. My flatmate was "I know the perfect girl for you".  The first time I cycled to Hackney Wick in the heart of the winter, arriving among theses imposing Warehouses I thought I was lost and that Jack the Ripper would sprung out from the foam and strangle me. But, after a few trip there,  it become a very familiar place with its creative vibe and Bar 90 team became like a big family. More than being an amazing venue with awesome music and cocktails, they always try to promote creative events, inviting artists to perform and exhibit.   So after few Bingo, they asked me to perform few time with a total trust of what I will do and what I will wear! Bar 90 has been an amazing platform me for developing my creativity and experiment with performance..and they are very generous with drinks tokens! 

For this special Bingo anniversary edition I decided to make this presents dress. I ordered 100 of jewellery box online and stitched them on by one on the dress, and the head piece. A hoop is supporting the weight of the boxes on the skirt. 

In theory the bingo prizes should have been inside the box and the winner would have to look for his surprise directly on the dress. But the majority of the prizes were to big for the boxes and the despite of my heart stickers reminders to know which box contains what, during the show I couldn't remember what stickers correspond to what and couldn't find the presents inside the box and had to open all of them on stage so didn't really worked! 

picture by Jean Sebastien Sénécal 

On the saturday Bar 90 held a massive party for their first anniversary, and I turned the Bingo dress into a costume based performance. With my acolyte Simon Dodi  from LuxuriouxSnacks we  hid sweets and confetti in the boxes and went through the guest asking them to open the boxes and throng confetti at people ( between that and the glitters I am sure Bar 90's cleaning lady hate us!) 

Simon risked his like for this picture,  please if you are a child don't try this at home! For the birthday  boy theme he created this bow tie with a birthday ballon and some candles. So the candle are not on a cake but part and parcel of the garment.  For taking the picture, we can only lit the candles for few second before the smoke burns Simon's face! 

Then I got changed for the candy performance with Loulou Reloulou 
For the first anniversary of Bar 90, the idea was to create a performance that could accompany the cake.  And a birthday party without sweets on the table is not a birthday party! 

For the performance we danced on the stage on "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent. The idea was to divert  the  misogynist lyrics of the macho hip hop song into an  offbeat version as the we were not dancing in bikini but in surrealist crazy costume showing  a more powerful and mysterious vision of women.  

Then we were coming to the audience eating the candy directly on the dress being "eating alive" being like walking buffet.  

Katy Perry had incredible kawaii lolcore costumes for her video clip California Gurls 

Example of  couture dress made with  Haribo or candy packaging 

Candy is associated to sweetness and childhood but as a dress it became quite sensual and erotic as sin of gluttony.  

The floor of my studio became covered with candy packaging and sugar as we opened every single packet to visualise the colours range for our composition.  We were eating a lot of candy while stitching them to the dress which created a sweet synesthesia  between the visual aspect of the dress and its taste.  Taste is not often involved in fashion as you usually don't use perishable commodities but is add another dimension to the way you approach your garment.  

For making the dress, First we met at Poundland to supply ourself in sweets.  We looked like two bulimics doing some compulsive shopping and came back home with 42  packs of sweets. We tried to define our character according to our personalities. I chose to be "Dame Guimauve" a more sweet and who turned into a decadent baroque Marie Antoinette.  For Loulou, we saw something more slightly acid as she is like is always bubbly and buzzing with energy.  So I choose  pink marshmallow tones and Loulou more pop and citrus colours.  

We had very little time to do the dress as you don't want to do it too long before as the candy can become sticky with the humidity. In the the night we had to envelope the dress in plastic foil in order to conserve it.  

For Half Baked record party at the Oval Space in Bethenal Green we created this psychedelic Tim Burtonish clowns performance.  Some kind of creepy fashion clowns on acid.  

We danced on the stage and had some helium gallons attached to our costumes.  gradually we were cutting the balloons' ropes and giving them to the audience.  

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