Rees, Dai (2001) No More Useless Beauty. [Art/Design Item]
|Type of Research:||Art/Design Item|
'No More Useless Beauty' is a womenswear collection presented at London Fashion Week, designed to explore legibility and the expression of ethics in the context of contemporary fashion. This collection of ‘not-for-sale’ luxury garments asserted alternative twenty-first century currencies in the context of an industrial culture driven by profit, image and exploitation. The mutinous action, of denying the garments to international buyers who attended, subverted the event and forced the media/industry to engage with the main themes of the collection.
Utility-styled garments generated from sketches, via paper pattern and toile, were assembled by specialist skilled suppliers, using fabric from UK sources complemented with unique constructed textiles. Digital prints, embroideries and embellishment executed to haute couture level, expressed overt political slogans about the origin and authenticity of the garments. For example over-scale embroideries stating 'Made in Wales not in Taipan' on the leg of a trouser and Woven in Scotland embroidered across the back of a tailored jacket.
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Craftsmanship, Fashion, Fine Art, Media
The research project 'Patronage, Artisan, Media and Audience, A Model for Twenty First Century Craftsmanship', is focussed around an installation of abstract, figurative, structural casings created from inlayed leather-hide.
Researching marquetry, illumination and the Intaglio process of acid etching from the sixteenth century, the work identifies links between historical and contemporary techniques. Inlayed materials transform the surface of the leather hide, complementing the developed techniques for the moulding, manipulation and construction of the pieces which combine the technical skills from different craft and manufacturing fields to create new aesthetic qualities.
The work produced during the AHRC Fellowship will form part of a national and international touring exhibition from October 2005 supported with a lecture, seminar and discussions.
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Groups > Object Artefact Situation
|Date:||1 September 2001|
|Date Deposited:||27 Nov 2009 19:33|
|Last Modified:||26 Sep 2011 12:47|
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