Foto Fix: Phyllis Galembo
Photographer Phyllis Galembo has made over twenty trips to places of masquerade in Africa and the Caribbean, to document their theatrical adornments in cultural and religious performances. Her impressive works depict the characters, costumes, and rituals of African practices and their diasporic manifestations. These are fantastic works of art, meticulously woven and crafted by hand, full of symbolism and vibrant beauty.
The Design of Timorous Beasties
Founded in 1990 by the Scottish duo Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons - Timorous Beasties is a textile design and manufacturing company based in Glasgow, creating hand printed fabrics and wallpapers. Noted for their surreal, sumptuous and provocative designs, one critic has aptly described their work ”as William Morris on acid”.
Fierce Fashion Alert: Charles James Exhibition
Coming up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a luscious show highlighting the fashions of Charles James. For all you fashionistas out there – this promises to be a luxurious time capsule of satin ball gowns, elegant design, vintage photography, sumptuous fabrics and classic Haute Couture. The incredible tableau photo (above, detail below) from vintage Vogue, by Cecil Beaton is to die for!
The fierce fashion of Iris Van Herpen is all about pushing the boundaries of the term fashion – adding to and twisting the normal conventions – to create wearable, visual art.
Amanda McCavour’s wonderful textile based works, are creations of threads – lost scenarios, spaces and places. They have a surreal, Daliesque feel of fairy tales floating in mid air. This piece is based on her living room in an …