Another Africa x Vestoj | Sartorial Meditations No. 1 | In All Seriousness
Our latest, a collaboration with Vestoj, The Journal of Sartorial Matters.
A look at fashion, what informs change, design and codes of dress. In this four part series, 'Sartorial Meditations', the first begins with a famous quote by celebrated industrial and interior designer Charles Eames.
"Take your pleasure seriously"
Though the phrase ‘good fashion’ is ostensibly problematic, as we each have our own subjective ideas of what looks good, is deemed appropriate, and innovative - in this series we try to look at the codes and forces at play in ground breaking sartorial development.
From looking at how silhouette and balance are key directives in design, to playing with the absurd to defy convention. For instance when Elsa Schiaparelli joined forces with Salvador Dali to create her surrealist interpretation the Shoe Hat, both absurd yet also governed by silhouette. This piece of fashion, challenged ideas on what could indeed become a piece of refined millinery. To play with the absurd, defying convention sometimes results in innovation though it is often only recognized with the passage of time. The creative spirit to see and make new ways of dress comes with unsuccessful attempts. We can hardly forget when Naomi Campbell took a tumble on the catwalk whilst stalking the runway in a pair of hyperbolic Vivienne Westwood heels back in 1993. Which ever way we see it, humor, can enlighten and liberate the act of fashion[ing] and design and so Eames words ring brighter and true, that the meditation that lingers through this montage bridges pleasure and seriousness.
To see the full montage, and learn more about the codes and notions at play - visit VESTOJ.COM
With many thanks to Vestoj Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg & Web Editor Laura Garder for this opportunity to collaborate.