The Chromat Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection was influenced by and expands upon the concepts of Martine Rothblatt's post-human Mindfiles which anticipates an entirely (wo)man made, synthetic world of bionic prosthetics.
In this world, garments function as artificial augmentation and enhancements of the human body. The materials used to create the AW15 Collection are all simulations of biological materials: latex simulating skin, Swarovski simulating diamonds/gems, synthetic hair simulating organic hair.
Chromat designed and created several pieces in collaboration with Icelandic sculptor Hrafnhildur Arnardottir aka Shoplifter, who has created a diverse body of work which incorporates synthetic and natural hair in all forms. "Shoplifter has worked for several years exploring the use and symbolic nature of hair, and its visual and artistic potential. For Shoplifter hair is the ultimate thread that grows from our body. Hair is an original, creative fiber, a way for people to distinguish themselves as individuals, and often an art form."
Shoplifter, along with fellow Icelander and stylist Edda Gudmundsdottir who styled the Chromat runway show as well as co-designed the hair pieces, has previously collaborated with Bjork on several occasions. Bjork's 'Medulla' album cover art incorporated Shoplifter's hair sculptures that translated the idea of utilizing the body as an instrument to create music.
Bjork's Medulla Album
Sculptures from 'Imaginary Friends'
Shoppy and her family
Stylist Edda Gudmundsdottir (left) and Shoplifter
Photo by Julian Jesus
The AW15 Chromat collaboration features pieces made with hand pulled and braided synthetic hair. Together, Chromat, Shoplifter & Edda developed a total of five wearable hair sculptures including the Shoplifter Garter Cage Bustier, Peak Crown, Jessica Rabbit Dress, Braided Pentagram Face Cage, and Braided Harness Bustier.
Shoplifter Garter Cage Bustier
Shoplifter JB Dress + Peak Crown
Shoplifter Braided Pentagram Face Cage + Harness Bustier
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