On the body

I love the pieces that all restricted some of or just the whole body parts. And the way models made different poses wearing them. They are like chains on the models but also some machines that helps people make movements.

Annelie Gross, 2013 (1).jpg        Annelie Gross, 2013 (3).jpg        Annelie Gross, 2013 (4).jpg

Annelie Gross, 2013 (2).jpg        Annelie Gross, 2013

 

Burcu Büyükünal.jpg

 

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Burcu Büyükünal

 

ALEXANDER-MCQUEEN-SPRING-1997-RTW-47-DEBRA-SHAW.jpg        ALEXANDER-MCQUEEN-SPRING-1997-RTW-79.jpg        ALEXANDER-MCQUEEN-SPRING-1997-RTW-45.jpg

Alexander Mcqueen, 1997 SS Ready-to-wear

--------> pieces on the body

 

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Second Surface, Ana Rajcevic, 2013 

 

Beyond the body

Animal, The Other Side of Evolution, Ana Rajcevic, 2012 (1).jpg.1        Animal, The Other Side of Evolution, Ana Rajcevic, 2012 (3).jpg   

Animal, The Other Side of Evolution, Ana Rajcevic, 2012 (4).jpg      Animal, The Other Side of Evolution, Ana Rajcevic, 2012 (6).jpg                                                        

                                                 Animal, The Other Side of Evolution, Ana Rajcevic, 2012 (8).jpg

                                                              Animal, The Other Side of Evolution,Ana Rajcevic, 2012      

 

HUSSEIN-CHALAYAN-SPRING-1998-RTW-DETAIL-08.jpg                                                           YKK piece interlocking headpiece, Ana Rajcevic, 2012.jpg

Hussein Chalayan, 1998 SS Ready-to-wear                                                           YKK piece interlocking headpiece, Ana Rajcevic, 2012

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Hussein Chalayan, 2000 FW / 2003 FW  Ready-to-wear

 

I name this collection 'Beyond the body' for that in my opinion, compared with the last section, these works started to ignore the human figure and break through the body outline. They interact with other creatures (the animal shape) and the surrounding world via using the objects which are not tightly related to ' human body '.

 

Protection

5-1-Carolina Vallejo.jpg                                         Carolina Vallejo

 

 

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Blind Nude, Ana Rajcevic,  2012 (3).jpg     Blind Nude, Ana Rajcevic 2012 

 

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Alexander Mcqueen, 2000 FW

Alexander Mcqueen, 1998 FW / Alexander Mcqueen, 1999 FW

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 skin-like

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 These pieces all look like a second  skin on human but are obviously artificial.

They also help covers the weak parts of human body ---- lips/necks and chest/waist in upper half of body. At the same time, those materials they were made with are metal and leather, reminding me of the ancient time when people first use animal fur to cover themselves to gain warmth and when people first widely used metal in daily life and industrial production. Those all when people first realized the power they had and they had the chance to improve productivity and even change or reansform the nature, the world they were living in.

 

Support

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The Golden Shower, SS 1998.jpg                The Golden Shower-SPRING-1998-RTW-71.jpg 

The Golden Shower, SS 1998

Bones out of body ---- an essential supportive but super fragile structure that can be easily broken.

I wanted to make something just like bone or human skelecton ---- very important, essential, but fragile and needing careful protection.

 

Weapon

 

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Leah Dou

The tattoo covers the jaw and neck ---- those parts which are unable to handle sudden attack

The Dance of The Twisted Bull, AM SS 2002.jpg                               The Dance of The Twisted Bull, AM SS 2002

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Fresco by Fra Angelico, Dominican monastery at San Marco, Florence, showing the lance piercing the side of Jesus on the cross (c. 1440)

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The Holy Lance, displayed in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria

The Holy Lance, also known as the Lance of Longinus was used to test whether Holy Jesus was dead already after pinned onto the cross in the Bible. It's kind of a symbol of death

5-1-Lilith with Lance.png             Lilith with the lance in < Evangelion >

In the famous Japanese mango < Evangelion >, Lance of Longinus is the tool to suppress and seal the uncontrollable power from God. It's some sort of restriction.

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It's interesting that I've found lots of pieces functioning as helmet and armour aimed for protection while I also found others shaped like deadly weapons tied to the weakness in human body.

I like experimenting with human body so my initial idea was already something related to the conceptual human body.

I've collected materials about pieces that are fitting the skin or ignoring the human figure, for protection or as a symbol of attack. Based on those incompatible ideas, I wanted to make something as a restriction and basic structure of human life.

In the real world, with the highly developed technology and modern society, sometimes people think they can transform the nature for their own benefits and should do it first before being threatened by nature. This piece is like a reminder of the fragile human body life, a warning sign indicating that we should show more respect to the nature.

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