McCharen’s revolutionary collections continue to usurp the fashion world’s vision. Subverting the traditional construction of garments, reducing them to arching exoskeletons, McCharen promises to push our sense of what fashion can be to further heights.
Drawing upon the ways in which the external complements the internal is the driving idea behind her new line, Chromat Autumn/Winter 2014 BIONIC BODIES. The collection consists of architectural lingerie, swimwear, and new clothing. Body cages that extend beyond the natural contours of the human body act as futuristic scaffolds for the delicate human form underneath. It only seems apt that McCharen has created garments for the superhumas of our society, such as Beyoncé (who wore a Chromat harness when she performed at the Super Bowl in 2013), and other canonical names such as Nicki Minaj and Madonna.
The CHROMAT collection is said to have been inspired by tweetping.net - a site that creates a living, illuminations blue map of all the tweets being sent out across the globe. McCharen’s utilisation of technological programmes, such as this, comes from her background in architecture and urban design. It is thus telling that through exploring globalisation in this way her work reflects the ever extending connectivity of world’s stage. Prompting one to question, is this the dawn of a new age in fashion?
Q&A with the designer, Becca McCharen:
What was the inspiration for your fall 2014 collection?
The Chromat Autumn/Winter 2014 BIONIC BODIES collection tells the story of a love affair between a human and a robotic being.
Interactive maps of the internet and websites like Tweetping, Reddit and global energy usage typographies inspired the material palette of wearable semiconductor light source technology paired with lush velvets and chromed metal plating.
What can we look for next?
In the next few weeks: we’ll be releasing the Chromat AW14: Bionic Bodies fashion film, directed by Ellen Frances and produced by Orb Pictures with an original score by Ana Lola Roman. In the farther future: new ways to use technology in clothing, strange swimwear, and data reading devices.
What do you do or where do you go to cure artist’s block?
If I’m not feeling creative, I like to troll the internets and get into weird k-holes online.
What’s your favourite meal of the day?
Any meal I get to spend with my girlfriend Christine.
Who would you love to dress?
Bjork! I love the way she changes sounds and aesthetic environment so drastically with each new project- that’s exactly what we hope to do with each new Chromat collection.
Who do you admire, style-wise?
What have you been listening to lately?
Bjork remixes by DJ Ayers
What’s your favourite street in new york?
Pell St in Chinatown
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Hatnim Lee (http://hatnimlee.com)
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