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The concept is inspired by the Italian author Giacomo Leopardi's 1824 play titled "Fashion and Death" in which Fashion and Death are portrayed as sisters with many common qualities.  This collection and the photography series comments on the multiple levels of the contemporary relationship between Fashion and Death by exploring unscrupulous consumerism, classism, fast fashion tragedies, and the demise of artisanal values.   In an age when fashion designers, makers, the environment, and fashion itself are in a dangerous flux, the relationship described by Leopardi is now even more multifaceted and relevant.

     

Surrounded by consumer culture, we are conditioned to desire: overconsumption and waste are inevitable. This unsustainable model further deepens the intimacy between fashion and death. This "visual essay" challenges the viewers to examine their attitudes, and appreciate both the beauty and the horrors of fashion. The collection features original textile prints developed by Zoran, most of which were hand sketched by the designer and manipulated in the computer.  Tulle, rope and moire are also used to add a darkly romantic touch.  The plexiglass accessories were designed and laser cut by Zoran.

 

Photography..............................................Sandro Altamirano, www.sandro13.com

Art Direction...........................................Stephen Severn, www.stephensevern.com

Hair and make up............................Teni Avanessianzadeh, teni_av@outlook.com

Models..............................................................................Alexa (Elite), Josh (Ciotti)