On the eve of heading to London to work with second-year fashion students at Royal College of Art, London, I'm lucky to have had an informal conversation with architect and University of Washington professor Vikram Prakash recorded for his podcast Architecture Talk: Fashion and Architecture with Anna Telcs. We talk about my artwork The Dowsing, Alexander McQueen and how uniforms best serve those looking to stand out. Listen here: http://architecturetalk.libsyn.com/7-fashion-and-architecture-with-anna-telcs or subscribe to Architecture Talk on itunes or at www.architecturetalk.org. Happy listening. Inspo photo below sent to me by the incredible Lori Talcott.
Designed by Anna Telcs with Mark Mitchell in 2010 for performance arts group, Saint Genet with director Derrick Ryan Claude Mitchell.
Not Just A Label (NJAL) was asked to act as a professional contact for second year London College of Fashion apparel design students. Giving the designers customer profiles and working with professor James Butler to put the students in groups of 12, the designers went to work collaborating on 12 collections based on the NJAL profiles.
The students did a fantastic job working together (a tall order to be sure), creating their brands and unifying their message to create compelling designs that truly respected the design brief from Not Just A Label. NJAL’s e-commerce and digital marketing teams were very impressed with the level of finished work presented by the student collaborations. We look forward to engaging with LCF’s talent in the future. Read more here.
The students worked in groups of 12 to create brands, a collection and marketing materials. I was excited to work with LCF in such a hands-on way, to offer feedback in all aspects throughout the design and branding processes. The students were tasked with collaboratively creating a brand, a collection and marketing material to follow customer profiles offered from NJAL.
Images from the month-long residency I held at Robert Wilson's WMC, South Hampton, NY. Pleated soft kid leather, smocked flannel and whole cloth quilting were employed to reflect on the 'original garment' and the exploration of the reasons leading to humans donning clothing for the first time. One could argue it was the act of hunting with the invention of textile manipulation through net-making that inspired the first clothing, or we can dream that it was a response to religious ritual that called for offerings of precious linen and flax, woven to make cloth, for the altar or for dress.
Movement performance by Matt Drews, Costume by Anna Telcs with Music by Garek Jon Druss, performed at Velocity Dance, Seattle, WA