‘Masquerade Pantomimicry‘, inspired by West African masqueraders. A collaboration project with K.L.V.
On view, the ingenuity of African masqueraders, gleaning mother nature’s closet to create visually arresting disguises. Juxtaposed with contemporary art and fashion images, the pairings highlight the qualities that connect, complement and contrast, but ultimately celebrate creative ingenuity.
This the final edition of the diptych series.
(L) Photo courtesy of Eliot, Elisofon and The National Museum of African Art, Washington, D.C.
Masked performers wearing Chi wara headdresses known as N’Gonzon Koun (antelope) circa Bamako, Mali, 1970.
(R) Bamana Chi wara pair from Mali. Image courtesy of Discover African Art.
(R) White Crested Black Polish Hen, Studio Series. Image courtesy of My Pet Chicken.
(R) Agate Drusy Ring by Joya, South Africa
(R) Image credit unknown | source | barriobajero
(R) Issey Miyake by Irving Penn, S/S 1994 – The Flying Saucer.
(R) AKATRE, Kreyol Factory, Contest for La Vilette.
(R) Francis Montesinos, A | W 2009. Source | Trend De La Creme.
(R) Nicole Dextras, Cabbage Smock, Weedrobes Wardrobes, Weedrobes – Summer. Image courtesy of the artist.
(R) Yam & Walnut packaging, Package Design in Japan, Taschen, 1989.
(L) The Beri – Nyna, or men’s devil of Western Liberia (The Bundu of Sierra Leone), circa 1906. Source | NYPL Digital Gallery.
(R)Walter Van Beirendonck, Paris, A/W 2011 Menswear. Photo: Umberto Fratini / GoRunway.com. Courtesy of style.com
UK based milliner Keiron LeVine, K.L.V. is captivated by the rich and diverse animal kingdom, drawing inspiration from it constantly, and strongly believing in the natural world’s importance to the arts, fashion and indeed life in general. He graduated in Illustration which informed his passion for body adornment in the form of collage, with particular importance to the head. After university, K.L.V. began creating 3-Dimensional headwear from paper or collage, some of which were featured in Winchester Fashion Week 2011. K.L.V.’s love for headwear was intensified upon beginning a millinery internship, where he learnt a wealth of traditional techniques allowing him to appreciate the true art of the hat. Since then K.L.V. has released his first independent headwear collection entitled ‘Ancestors’, inspired by the intrinsic link between human, animal and adornment.