Collection 04 - NEVERLAND
Set in New York City’s industrial arts district, the immersive 30 ft gallery came into focus with two tall chrome walls. They equally draw the eye while commanding a monolithic presence, providing a one-point perspective that evokes a Stanley Kubrick film. Models emerged out of the dark void as if transmitted through a singular beam of light...
Through clothing that is both youthful and mature at the same time, NEVERLAND is a continued study of the relationship between human anatomy and objects. Referencing the synergy of Modernists and Surrealists, like Brancusi and Les Lalanne, eclectic objects of biomorphic sensibilities enshrined into metal sculptures. They form an intimate relationship with the garments, serving as buttons, closures, and cult-like symbols and code. Modern relics are abstracted to their most primitive and essential forms, suggesting gestures of what they could befit. It could be a dagger, or it could mimic a human’s collarbone.
Citing one of the earliest works of surrealism — Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” — the collection includes a bag in the shape of an evil crow, a minaudiere in the shape of a butt, a novelty ombré fabric that fades from opaque to sheer skin. Deviance never looked more chic and sophisticated. Through concealing and revealing, the human body is framed in clean, spatial lines - the perfect balance between sensuality and formality.
As we find ourselves having to be calm amongst the chaos, NEVERLAND is a light-hearted allegory to the absurdism of human condition. It is a tribute to our inner child, sometimes naive and deviant, but always authentic as we pave our way in life. As Peter Pan explains, there are no “lost girls” because girls are much too clever to fall out of their prams and be lost in this manner.