She was visting Cyprus for a performance that was presented earlier today in Nicosia and that's when I picked her up and went for a long drive before she posed for me as one of the characters in the MASTORI*MOTWARY STUDIO project, WE COULD BE THE BETROTHED, featuring my costumes and Maria Mastori's jewellery.
I found these two pictures, featuring Josephine (I think she was Dutch) wearing two of my pieces from my SS2007 collection with Maria Mastori in Greece... They were shot in our studio in Kolonaki during a fitting. Though Josephine never made it to the show, I will never forget her.
Based on an original idea by Vassilis Zidianakis, ARRRGH! Monsters in Fashion is the first international exhibition on character design in fashion and art. Characters are abstract, reduced figures with a strong anthropomorphic appeal and bold graphical silhouette. Participating designers and artists reshape the human body and reveal a new universe full of dreams, nightmares and hybrid creatures.
Vibskov, ‘The Solar Donkey Experiment’ collection, S/S 2010, photo: Shoji
Participating designers & artists:
Alexander Mcqueen UK, Alex Mattsson SE, Alexis Themistocleous CY, Andrea Ayala Closa ES, Andrea Cammarosano IT, Andrea Crews FR, Bart Hess NL, Bas Kosters NL, Bernhard Willhelm DE, Boris Hoppek DE, Bronwen Marshall UK, Cassette Playa & Gary Card UK, Charlie Le Mindu FR, Chi He CN, Claire Michel FR, Craig Green UK, David Curtis-Ring UK, Digitaria GR, Dr Noki’s NHS UK, Erika Mizuno JP, Freeka Tet FR, Filep Motwary & Maria Mastori CY & GR, George Tourlas GR, Helen Price UK, Henrik Vibskov DK, Hideki Seo JP, Isabel Mastache Martinez ES, Issey Miyake & Dai Fujiwara JP, Jean-Paul Lespagnard BE, Josefin Arnell SE, Kim Traeger DK, Leutton Postle UK, Luis Lopez Smith UK, Mads Dinesen DK, Maison Martin Margiela BE, Manon Kündig CH, Mareunrol’s LV, On Aura Tout Vu FR, Pernilla Winberg SE, Paul Graves US, Pictoplasma DE, Pierre-Antoine Vettorello FR, Piers Atkinson UK, Rejina Pyo KR, Rick Owens US, Rozalb De Mura RO, Shin Murayama JP, Sotiris Bakagiannis GR, Takashi Nishiyama JP, The Brainstorm Design GR, Tracy Widdess CA, Toma Stenko RU, Urban Camouflage DE, Walter Van Beirendonck BE
Dear iDEALS,on June 25th the HASSELT MODE MUSEUM is proud to present "PRINTS!", a group exhibition focusing on printed garments from 1750 to 2000.
Mastori*Motwary Studio announces its participation with "Nuptialis", a couture creation of garment and jewellery as well as their new film project directed by Suzie Q & Leo Siboni.
"Printed textile is a decorative art form, used for interiors as well as for clothing. The varieties of motifs often reflect the collective taste and Zeitgeist of a certain period. Printing textile is also a complex industrial process and as such dependend on innovation, mechanisation, research and technological progress.
European textile printing finds its origins in the India of 2000 B.C. Indian fabrics were introduced through trade (East Indian Company) to Europe. The attractive use of colours and motifs seduced the European public, hungry as it was for anything exotic. The fabric was also a good alternative for heavy silk, wool and linen. The demand for these new fabrics quickly exceeded the supply: a booming copying economy of Indian fabrics was born. These Indiennes (Chintz) were adapted to European flavours.
Until the end of the 18th century motifs remained mainly derivations of the original floral pattern from India, but the industrial revolution at the beginning of the 19th century brought about radical change. Under the impulse of science and mechanisation, the printing of textiles became an industrial process still expanding today.
In contemporary fashion we find a variety of prints, depending on trends. They vary from references to historical patterns (landscapes, floral and bucolic figures) to innovative, experimental motifs. It became the trademark of a diversity of designers such as Emilio Pucci, Dries Van Noten, Hermès (carré), Miu Miu, Lanvin, Mastori*Motwary Studio , Jean Charles De Castelbajac, Missoni....
Lenders: Musée de l’impression sur étoffes (Mulhouse), Musée de la Toile de Jouy (Jouy-en-Josas), Hermès (Paris), Royal Museum for Art and History (Brussels), Gemeentemuseum The Hague, Musée de la Vie Wallonne (Luik), …
A catalogue will accompany the exhibiton (Ludion and Modemuseum Hasselt)."