London Fashion Week (Autumn/Winter 2003/4) Wednesday 19th February 2003 [Presentation of Collections 7-8pm/ After Party 9pm-1am] Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y (www.ica.org.uk)
Composing Fashion is an off-schedule London Fashion Week event that features collection presentations from designers Christian Blanken and Tanya Ling, and conceptual fashion video screenings by Julian And Sophie and Anna-Nicole Ziesche. This event explores the possibilities of collaboration between fashion designers and artists. The evening is split into two parts:
7pm- 8pm Composing Fashion (ICA Theatre) featuring ready-to-wear collections by:
Christian Blanken Christian has worked in the US and Italy for designers ranging from Michael Kors and Zoran to Diane Von Furstenberg. He became chief designer for the Harvey Nichols private label collection in 1998. Christian's own label was launched in the UK 18 months ago. The core of his collection underlines his interest in the principles of luxury sportswear, and this is reflected in his razorsharp lean tailoring and use of fine fabrics and yarns combined with impeccable workmanship.
Tanya Ling (http://www.tanyaling.com/ illustration at http://www.ling-ling.co.uk) After working with Christian Lacroix and Dorethee Bis in Paris, Tanya returned to London to co-curate various contemporary fine arts projects. Her work as a fashion illustrator led to a commission by British Vogue among other publications. As a designer, Tanya is now in her third hugely successful season. Tanya's launch collection was famously installed in the windows of Henri Bendell NYC - following her installation at the Mare Gallery, London by the formidable Gavin Turk. Dubbed "Museum Chic" by the fashion press pack, Tanya's collections transcend all trends or celebrity whims with her refreshingly considered kooky garments that deserve to be loved.
Projected presentations by:
Julian And Sophie (http://www.julianand.com) This duo explore the area of 'design games', injecting a prankish air into their work. They have retained an enviable playfulness in their enjoyment of making things in cloth. Their clothes evolve through a process that is deliberately entertaining for the designers themselves, a philosophy that permeates their designs. Julian Roberts, who has won numerous New Generation Awards, teams up with fellow St Martins graduate Sophie Cheung to present their presentation.
Anna-Nicole Ziesche will be premiering her new conceptual fashion video States of Mind and Dress following on from the ready-to-wear designer collections. This continues her work providing a different perspective on fashion and art, a perspective she describes as 'fashion practice'. Through a combination of film, live performance and photography she not only suggests a new way of communicating fashion, but also reveals a process of continuously developing designs and shapes. Anna-Nicole has exhibited at the Grey Area at the ICA during a past London Fashion Week. She has also been granted several awards such as the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award and the Chancellor's Award from the London Institute. She has exhibited her work regularly, in venues such as Victoria & Albert Museum, Kulturhuset (Stockholm) and The Yale Centre for British Art.
9pm - 1am After Party (ICA Theatre & bar):
The fashion savvy all-female 'Hey Ladies' DJ collective will launch the after-party by bringing their distinctive mix to the crowd. 'It's Blondie, 'sassy R&B' and northern soul, the result being a sexy vibe with plenty of flirting.' ELLE, Dec 2002 'Hey Ladies, have you ever been to a club where you can dress up and dance with other ladies to music made and played by ladies? Hey Ladies offers an alternative to boy-centric club culture where white labels are more important than designer ones. But there's more to Hey Ladies than frocks - there are choice tunes as well.' The Big Issue, Nov 2001
Darling of the West End club scene, the irreverent DJ Erol (resident at club Trash at The End) will be serving up his signature blend of anarchic cultural mayhem that guarantees both sonic revelation as well as a storming night on the dancefloor. 'Trash king Erol hooked all the people into his bizarre musical universe where The Beach Boys sang happily along with Michael Jackson, and where Judas Priest, Basement Jaxx versus The Clash and Fischerspooner live together in sweet harmony' The Face, Jan 2002.
Visuals will be provided by Oleg Micheyev (Fuji Fashion Photographer of the Year 02/ www.oleg-photo.co.uk)
Tickets to Composing Fashion Collection Presentations are available to accredited fashion buyers & press. Contact redblue: (0)208 762 0897/ Fx: (0)208 749 4546. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets to the After-Party are available to the public for £15.00 from the ICA box office Ph: (0)207 930 3647
Artists -The team of artists, who will be collaborating with the designers and incorporating their work as part of the collection presentations, include sound artists and digital artists:
Rob Davis -digital artist As a digital artist and programmer, Rob creates pieces that are displayed on the web, CDROM or projected in spaces. His work often introduces random and organic processes from nature, such as mutation and artificial life, into the digital domain. At Composing Fashion, he will use core concepts from the designer's collections as starting points for the creation of new digital works shown as part of the ready-to-wear presentations. The pieces will seek to extend the communication between the designers and the audience.
Thomas Lindner -listening architect Thomas' understanding of sonic space will enable an intimate relationship between the skin of the fashion creation and the skin of the audience. In order to create this particular dialogue he will apply novel strategies to architectural design deriving from his previous experiences in the audio arts and investigations into sonic space. The approach of listening to architectural space, which will be developed in closest dialogue with the designers and co-artists, will render material in four dimensions.
Haris Ladopoulos -sound artist Haris currently runs art projects which explore the sonic matter of the contemporary urban environment, and how people understand it through listening. The purpose of his sound and visual installations is to evoke emotional responses. His involvement in 'Composing Fashion' will incorporate the use of sound to facilitate an intimate connection and discussion between the designer's collections and the spectators.
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