ROBERTS | WOOD presented her AW19 collection ‘VISCERA’ at the grand Institute of Contemporary Arts, worn by a collective of artists, makers, photographers and performers. The presentation took the audience behind the scenes of her surreal studio atelier- revealing the intricate creative process and development for what she has become known.
The main room is webbed from the ceilings to the floor in delicate chiffon in baby pink, white and black, creating flair of playfulness whilst the models remain in their creative characters at their stations. A maker sits elegantly whilst hand painting a vase wearing a dress in an off-cut from the black chiffon webbing with dramatic ruffles sweeping over her chair and onto the floor.
A musician poises gracefully whilst resting across a desk in a red oak ruffled coat with the pink chiffon as her backdrop, instantly softening the dark red oak. Across from her, a seamstress is on the third step of a latter in front of the large window, hand sewing the white webbing from the ceiling, leaving a cloud of fabric behind her of what appears to be week’s worth of atelier craftsmanship. 5 steps away in a clockwise motion is an artist wearing a fun, ankle length, bubblegum pink organza dress as she sketches away behind her easel.
The use of see-through garments which Katie Roberts-Wood refers to as being ‘beautifully skeletal, fragile yet strong’ to reveal the entire construction in reference to x-rays, giving a nod to her scientific background.
In an age of thriving accessibility and fast fashion, craftsmanship and avant-garde pieces become extremely appreciated as the journey to individuality and exclusivity become vaster.
Words: SHANNA BENT | FASHION CONTRIBUTOR/ DESIGNER
Images: KIERA SIMPSON | GRAPHIC DESIGNER & PHOTOGRAPHER