The Emperor’s New Clothes

Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dresses. (William Hazlitt)

The English writer and philosopher, who passed away in 1830, was right.

Henry David Thoreau suggested to regard all the deeds in which new dresses were necessary.

And in fact today, February 20th 2012, the strenuous enterprise to accomplish would be nothing less than death.

To be an absolute protagonist at the opening event of the London Fashion Week at the Design agency Sheridan&Co, we would need to participate from hereafter, after an entire life as a fashion victim.

Dead Man’s Patterns – Memento Mori is the exposition showed until March 3rd 2012 at Sheridan&Co, 10A Blandford Street, London, W1U 4AZ.

Hormazd Narielwalla is an artist who creates collages.

Uses sartorial models as raw material for his work.

Dresses, simple dresses.

A dress is an artificial fabric that has the power of masquerating the essence of a life time, of moulding and shaping it depending of the occasion, the moment, the life that passes.

Custom-made dresses, custom made for the man.

The sartorial creations have wisely kept the body of a man or of a woman, clinging to their bodies at every moment of their existence, absorbing second after second the vital lymph, soaking of emotions, of feelings.

Of memory.

The sartorial waste used by Hormazd Narielwalla are those of the styles created custom-made for the Savil Row clients.

But already dead, dismissed of a life of appearance attentive to details, to the constant research of perfection. Dust we are and dust we’ll become again.

Or maybe, today: Dresses we have been, dresses we’ll remain.

Each dress has been cut, folded and pinched giving shape to a tridimensional human skull.

Just like a taylor’s fossil, found after long arqueological diggings by anthropoligists searching the meaning of Death in the modern Life.

In glass shrines, like modern relics, the skulls expose themselves accompanied by bidimensional collages that show the image in negative.

A fabric soaked with Life that testmonies an earthly existance.

Today raised to immortal Art in a last, devastating and intriguing fashion show.

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