If you haven’t heard of Katie Eary yet, you will have soon.
She is the industry’s current darling- a phenomenally talented young designer who has exploded onto the fashion scene, favouring pageantry, the romantic macabre and a dark carnival aesthetic over the pretty and predictable.
She has even been dubbed the ‘Queen of slaughterhouse chic’- a dubious honour perhaps…
For Spring/Summer 2010 Eary and Mawi collaborated on a collection, shown at the MAN show during Fashion Week, that brings together Eary’s gory fashion theatre and Mawi’s high octane glamour.
Eary draws her inspiration from literature: Soviet satire ‘The Master and Margarita’ for her MA Show and George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for her A/W 2009 collection, which won her celebrity fans in style mavens Roisin Murphy and Kate Moss.
This time William Burrough’s 1959 masterpiece ‘Naked Lunch’ was her imaginative springboard. The dystopian novel is a dark tale of human decay and addiction- themes evident in looks which take ‘body conscious’ into a whole new dimension.
The collection carries the sinister atmosphere of a seedy underworld which we can’t help but be fascinated by. Reminiscent of Gunter von Haghens ‘Body Worlds Show’, Eary and Mawi together deliver a scientific freak show in which walking cadavers are laid bare for our horrified delectation.
One notorious fashionista was so enamoured with this avant garde pearl and brass rib piece that he purchased it before the collection even went down the runway!
Mawi reinterprets ‘the body beautiful’ with her skeletal hand jewellery, anatomical rib-cages and brass bone sandals.
Morbidly elegant this fashion is not for the faint-hearted!
To accompany the Autumn/Winter 2009 Animal Farm-inspired collection Pierre Debusschere directed a fashion video- one of the hottest trends right now. Debusschere’s accomplished film layers images from the collection to a hazy, spaced-out soundtrack.
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