Toile Rei Kawakubo mixed media on paper

Riches, Caroline ORCID logoORCID: (2022) Toile Rei Kawakubo mixed media on paper. [Artefact]


The Artefact is a pencil, and acrylic painting of a toile (a calico practice garment) produced by the Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo circa 1996. Research Process: Research was undertaken in museums and archives into Kawakubo’s fashion design processes. The resulting artefact is a painting on paper created in a way which reflects Kawakubo’s toile process. Kawakubo’s toiles are never finished items, they are drafts of garments which you can work back into. This artefact was created by building up layers of acrylic paint in a manner which reflects this process. Each layer was added to gradually, carefully considering pattern cutting and sculptural silhouettes. Research Insights: The painting was created to celebrate toiles, focussing on the unfinished / work in progress qualities of the garment rather than a garment being inhabited by a body. In doing so the work disrupts expected norms of fashion illustration, inhabiting a space between the disciplines of fashion design and fashion artistry. The painting appears to be unfinished, but is a finished object in its own right -- much alike a toile. Dissemination: The painting won the Still Life award at the Fida Worldwide Awards, Conde Nast College of Fashion, London, November 2022. The painting was also published in Patrick, M. (2023). The Fible Triptych V.03. FIDA Worldwide, pg 132-133.

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