Saturday, 25 October 2008

Ma Ke : useless fashion

I took these photos at the Ma Ke Fashion in Motion event at the V&A in May 2008. Ma Ke is a Chinese fashion designer who focuses on the handmade, rather than the mass produced that is so often associated with China. These clothes are from her 'Wu Yong' collection, which translates as 'useless'. These outfits were created from discarded and useless material and have been transformed into beautiful, sculptural but ultimately unwearable and useless creations.

Fashion in Motion is usually a catwalk event, with models walking around. This one was different as the models were absolutely stationary, on plinths, and the audience was in motion, moving around and inspecting the models - a strange and haunting experience.

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