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Masks Uncovered

LOOK AT SOME OF THE PLANET’S MOST AMAZING AND STYLISH FOLK AND WHAT THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THEIR ABILITY TO WEAR THEIR METAPHORICAL FASHION MASK WELL. TAKE KARL LAGERFELD – A SKINNY, ECCENTRIC INTELLECTUAL ALWAYS ACCESSORISED WITH A GORGEOUS FAN. THAT’S HIS DISGUISE.

 

THE ARTIST JULIA COCKBURN’S COLLAGED AND DECONSTRUCTED IMAGES OF WOMEN INSPIRED LULU’S A/W ’14 CAMPAIGN OF MODELS WITH COVERED FACES – AN APPROACH THAT MEANS YOU ARE FORCED TO HAVE A NEW CONVERSATION WITH THE DESIGNS ON SHOW AS THE REAL BECOMES SURREAL. MASKS PLAY A PART IN SUBVERTING EXISTENCE TOO AND ARE THEREFORE PERFECT FUEL FOR THE INSINUATIONS OF STYLE AND LAYERS OF INTRIGUE INNOVATIVE ART-FASHION CROSSOVERS CAN CONNECT WITH, SHROUDING GENDER BOUNDARIES AND FOSTERING AMBIGUITY. MASKING YOURSELF ALSO HAS A DARKER

EDGE – FETISHTIC OR DEFIANT THEY GRAPHICALLY EXPOSE A BEING WITH AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT: BOTH HEAVY-METAL-MEISTERS SLIPKNOT AND PHOTOGRAPHIC POET ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE ARE UNIFIED IN THEIR LOVE OF A SCARY MASK. MASKS ARE AVANT-GARDE AND OFFBEAT TOO THOUGH AND MORE OFTEN THAN NOT THEY ENTERTAIN, MAKE US LAUGH, HELP US DRESS UP AND HAVE FUN. THE MASTER OF GLAMOUROUS PARTIES, PAUL POIRET HAD A BEARDED ONE MADE OUT OF STEEL PINS BY CARICATURIST GOURSAT, AND OF COURSE, THIS SEASON’S FACIAL ACCESSORY OF CHOICE IS THE MAGNIFICENT FACE-KINI: A

BLEND OF THE PRACTICAL, ENCHANTING AND ABSURD: EXACTLY WHAT FASHION IS ALL ABOUT AND EXACTLY WHAT A MASK SHOULD BE.

 

February 2015
 

Image credits: acidthrash.tumblr.com, Veiled by Katsuya Kamo, facebook.com/by3cm