mardi 18 novembre 2014

My little pony dress

picture by Jesus Rodriguez model Vanessa Murell see the picture on my instagram gallery 
I have a fascination of Mylittlepony.  I have very kitsch  and regressive tastes, for me it is not bad taste, it is just I kept my little girl taste.  I like pink, glitter, shiny, maximalism…I have a fascination for  discarded objects, In my work I am trying to give them some legitimacy and nobility.  It is a lot about humour, and using kitsch with wit, not at face value by diverting the function of  quirky objects.  

picture by Jesus Rodriguez model Vanessa Murell 

In his book "The Unbearable lightness of Being"  Kundera define the concept of the Kitsch as this thing that is wrapped by  tradition, collective collective unthinking  or mass culture in a veil of beauty or ugliness, something that makes serious things lighter.  I think this is what I am trying to achieve in my work. Life is hard and the world is not always all colourful. My creations are deprived of any political statement, they are made of very silly objects. They are  just a celebration of life, colours and creativity. But at the same time, there is  something disturbing in my work that show that there is "something rotten in the kingdom of capitalism".  

picture by Jesus Rodriguez 
Vanessa spotted this glittery background at Marcella Hair Salon (check the facebook page). The owner of the place kindly let us invading her space for our cosmic & psychedelic photo shoot.


 At the Alternative miss world event someone asked me if i knew about the Bronies, this community of men that love my little pony and dress like them.  So I watched the documentary on youtube  and felt closely connected with theses people.
Why are we so fascinated by my little pony?  For me, it was something quite ironic at first. 
I my dress it was away of  taking the symbol of cuteness & kawaii and divert its function.  But thinking more deeply about it I realise my little pony is a real phenomena  that pinpoints something of the era that we live in. 
 In a context of social &economic crisis, brownies  are putting themselves in reassuring world surrounded by  very cute things like my little pony, barbies, dolls, sugar colour,  pastel & kawaii aesthetic, with a cartoon that convey very positive value like friendship.  

'It’s innocence, it’s fun, it’s colourful, it’s, you know, it’s a nice escape from the grey world as it were for the time being and it brings me joy,' says 48-year-old brony, Neil.


Rainbow hair & pastel photography, holographic colour is the new trend! 

Great discovery of this very kawaii and girly brand via Sarainlove blog, Dolls eyes, playing with cuteness and PVC material.  The kind of design where you tell yourself "Why I haven't done it before them?" 

check there facebook page, you will be mesmerised! 

On of the main inspiration to create the dress: a my little pony coat 

Wearing the my little pony dress at Alternative miss world with Emma Zarafi & Emily Howard. 

A great drawing Emma Zarafi made inspired by my costume at Alternative Miss World

picture by Jesus Rodriguez
My idea was to create a dress with my little pony cryogenically frozen in the ice to conserve them and keep them for later when the mylittlepony specie will be extinct.  
I played with the transparency, the optical  illusion to have the my littlepony trapped in crystal ice. 
For the transparent base, I used my transparent Lego one for my performance at the Barbican (it is always heart breaking to dismantle a dress space in London and coast of material make you forget about a potential retrospective exhibition of your work at the V&A) 


The creative process was making lot of little surprise bag with a magic little pony recipe: a little pony toy ,a pinch of glitters and few colourful beads , close the bag and stitch it to the transparent base with the hula-hopp boning.  A lot of work done with Vanessa Murrel and Bruna Ignatowska



picture by Jesus Rodriguez

I saw Vanessa  (follow her on instagram) for the first time at the canteen of Central Saint Martins last year when I cam back to help my friend with a project, You can miss the charismatic girl with her blue hair, her big eyes, a reflection of her strong personality and her very individual style.  I felt she would be perfect to embody this dress as the new face of kawaïi and hyperjapan style! 
picture by Jesus Rodriguez


picture by Jesus Rodriguez
dinosaur necklace, sailor latex outfit & rainbow hair, the perfect combo! 
picture by Jesus Rodriguez


picture by Jesus Rodriguez 

dinosaurs necklace available on my online shop 

picture by Jesus Rodriguez

dinosaurs earrings available on my online shop 


bracelet available on my online shop 

picture by Jesus Rodriguez


picture by Jesus Rodriguez 
barbie arms necklace available on my online shop

picture by Jesus Rodriguez

"eternal sunshine of the spotless mind" picture by Jesus Rodriguez

Frida Kahlo inspired flower crown with cancan barbie legs, pink and purple shoes, styled with some of Vanessa Murrell design & creations.  A more organic look surrounded by fallen leaves.  
picture by Jesus Rodriguez

Info point: featured in Valeurs Actuelles, French newspaper about young French people leaving the country, I have to say I found at lot of amazing opportunities here in London and meet extraordinary people! 
Read the online version here 


samedi 15 novembre 2014

Butchers Live Window



by Anthony Lycett 


Would you go to a hairdressing salon called "Butchers"? 

Of course yes! Mastering the art of hype haircut, all the colourful hair of Shorditch are stamped "Butchers
by Anthony Lycett 
When I saw a status on facebook about them looking for someone feeling the space of the window, I immediately thought about my creative partner in crime Loulou Reloulou to collaborate on a project.  

All the necklaces available on my online shop 
The necklace are with barbie brushes and combs or vampires to link up with the hairdresser theme. The idea was to play with a common reference object. 

I already worked with hair and wigs for my last Halloween performance (see the article on my blog)  using barbie hair, mainly blond, re-enacting Yoko Uno cutting piece by inviting the audience to cut some hair of my dress creating an evaluating garment according to the audience's cut of scissors.  

With theses dress, I tried to push the idea a step further  using colourful syntactical wigs. I created 3 dresses to respond to the triptych   composition of the window. Each of the three dresses correspond to a different hairstyle: the fringe one, more 20s style, the long raid hair extension one, more unicorn style and the plate & dread locks one, more sexy and organic.  Which one is my favourite?  I love them all! 
inspiration: Maurice & Bourgeois

Hair dress for fashion show & Lady Gaga, Charlie Le Mindu 

Hair collar by Clara Chérie for Sarainlovewith

By Damien Frost 


By Damien Frost 
Loulou made her psychedelic and pop drawing and to create a connection and a narrative she made this little dolls, that we hang on the ceiling, with big red extension, linking dresses and different of the window together.  

We took a all day to set up the window. It was not easy to hang our dress,  and we had to find the right technic. Being creative is also about being handy and practical otherwise your visions never comes true! 
by Anthony Lycett 
It is a very weird  and tricky material to work with, with a very different behaviour than the fabric you have to pay attention to hair doesn't go everywhere.  A friend saw me during the process "I don't know you had a cat now" Oh no, I am just making a hairy dress! fortunately I had the lovely Eve Smadar helping me for the plates one! 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 


On the first performance,  Loulou got her hair tangled  her hair in the wool of the structure, creating a continuity between the structure of the window and her own body,  becoming part and parcel with the all installation.  
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 

By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
By Sylwia Grzegórzko 
 Owandji.V.O @mosaiqe 

We used this performance as recreational and atemporal  moment, recreating our own microcosm with our own conventions  inventing new games, hide and seek in a big colourful spider web, frenetically  brushings dolls, my little pony, each others dress, shoes, eyebrows, everything except the natural hair.   
 Owandji.V.O @mosaiqe 

Trying to develop an interaction with the people from the street 

 Owandji.V.O @mosaiqe 

 Owandji.V.O @mosaiqe 
 Owandji.V.O @mosaiqe 
"A colourful playground, full of hairy monsters and psychedelic dolls, where hair grows on dresses and candy haired toys are butchered.

At the beginning we wanted to invite the customer to cut the dress, to reproduce on the dress what they are experimenting on themselves" 

 Owandji.V.O @mosaiqe 
The three performers looked like a mix   between punk version of the 3 Parcae,  female personification of destiny, controlling the metaphorical thread of life of every mortal and immortal from birth to death and a colourful  Edward Sissorhands on acid.  

by Anthony Lycett 

Wearing my little pony dress 
by Anthony Lycett 




by Anthony Lycett 


by Anthony Lycett 


by Anthony Lycett 


by Anthony Lycett 


by Anthony Lycett 




Alternating movement and stillness, this performance plays around the concept of the uncanny, this blurred line between the animate and the inanimate, the dead and alive playing on the ambiguity between mannequin an real actual human being. 

 You could see people startling realising it wasn't mannequin on the window but real girls.  It was an interesting experimentation around the interaction.  what is more engaging for the audience when we engage directly with them or if we interact just between each other.  



We also alternated different type of mood, subtle, hardly perceptible gestures and full-own dynamic moment like a Kawaï girl power band (silent disco lip-sinking music in the wind with inflatable guitar and imaginary instruments.  

Article about the window in Time out! 



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