Focusing on producing a tangible visualisation of the emotional experience of cathartic pain release, Marko Mitanovski designed a collection in collaboration with four sculptors which was heavily horror influenced with rigid forms and a dark presence. Inspired by the ability to show pain and fear seen in Munch’s “The Scream” and Alfred Hitchcock's “The Birds” and “Psycho”, the collection was predominantly black, with shimmers of silver and reflective beading, taking place in the Freemason’s Hall.
The collection was also inspired by the amorphous forms found in nature, which could be seen in the rock-like surfaces of some of the pieces, with their uneven shape giving the appearance of wearable stalactite growths. The headpieces in the show highlighted this the most, covering the models faces and including pieces that dangled from the side and connected to the clothing. The combination of dark colours and shapes that were almost free of form made for a vivid yet grim collection.
Organic material was replicated using leather, latex and precise, geometrical lines which created architectural structures alongside technically detailed construction, and shapes that were formed to the body; ribbed materials that looked like exoskeletons, some with with faces bursting out of the chest, making the collection quite alien-like and reminiscent of the work of H R Giger,
Short corseted dresses were paired with black bandages wrapped around the leg, starting from where the dress stopped, and open cross stitching exposed the sides of some dresses creating a costume that would be fit in any horror genre.
Images: Eloise Peachey | Fashion Week Photographer | @eloisepeachey