Halloween gave me the idea to introduce a project created for the London festival "In the Mood for Crime". Therefore I worked collaboratively with another Central St Martins student Sophie Willett, who has since then won the Gold medal for Britain.
Being both in Fashion design womenswear, we wanted to put the accent on the garment, make it the evidence, the silent witness of the crime that is commited. We exaggerated the Hitchcock cliché of the beautiful mysterious tracked-down heroine. On her glamourous and impeccable outfit is engraved the mark of the crime that has been commited, the imprint of the murderer. I have watched and studied dark movies and have drawn particularly from Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, Phantom of the Opera.
Inspired by Phantom of the Opera
Inspired by Psycho
The evolution from suspicion to terror is fascinating to observe and translate. Starting from my research, we wondered how the outfit could be the witness of the crime it has seen and thought that it could take the shape of the hand which strangled its wearer (on the cape collar) and also its fabric wear the face of the murderer (on the bottom of the dress).
We have molded the masculine hands of Craig and Jack's face to obtain the plasters which allowed me to build them again in fabric, and then integrate them to the heroine's outfit.
The pictures above are extracted from the movie we made, projected one time only to restitute the short-lived murder. We also exhibited the outfit of the heroine, hanged by invisible threads, lonely and empty in the room, without a culprit or a victim, as the perpectual and only remaining evidence of this crime.
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