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After an Orgy of Sensory Attractions, True Art Caps Fashion Week

September 20, 2009

IMG_1590R-L: Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Caroline Muhl, front row at ThreeAsFour show, a tribute to Ono’s “Cut Piece”

(All photos and text by Susan M. Kirschbaum)

Perhaps it’s a reflection of an age where too much instant information competes per nanosecond, but fashion week — trying to reassert itself against fashion/reality TV and internet kid stars bearing nipples — seems to grow like mutating cells each season. VH1 divas, Tommy Hilfiger store opening, Gucci cocktail, Armani sponsered art exhibition, gazillions of shows, New York Times’ fifth anniversary of T Magazine, and it goes on.The only punk rock move hits the senses  like a guitar breaking in half on a stage. Stay home, don’t take that twentieth photo opp in two days. Preserve some integrity. It’s more a zoo and lesss of a jungle (unchartered jungles can be exciting), with too many animals in the park.

But, then you see work that truly inspires, creations that reflect vision, not the zoo. I’m talking about ThreeAsFour, the last runway show of the week at Milk Studios –with Yoko Ono, still a true subversive, whether you like her performance art or not— approving a quasi recreation of her work, now staged on a catwalk.

A handful of models walked out first, placing benches at strategic points on the front rows as a main girl stood in the middle. Bit by bit, a seated mannequin rose, walked towards the center girl, and cut off a piece of her outfit. They referred to “Cut Piece,” the original performance by Yoko in 1964 in Japan (a year later at Carnegie Hall), where she sat alone on a stage as members of the audience approached and snipped away a bit of her clothing until she sat naked, only cupping her breasts. (The modesty of that, in retrospect, seems subversive.)

Yoko’s message then explored the dismantling of human interaction, questions about sadism, masochism, violation and ultimately connection between men and women. ThreeAsFour’s message seemed to reveal the detail of craft, how each piece carefully sews together: the dresses that blossomed into noir flowers throughout the body; the leggings that also rippled into unique embellished lines along the leg; light blue fabric stitched together like a birds wings enveloping the body.

Absolutely truly beautiful and coupled with Yoko’s inspiration, a sublime performance. (**Kudos to Natasha Royt who styled the show and Ashley Javier on hair.)

IMG_1602Interpreting Yoko Ono’s  “Cut Piece” (CLICK MORE… BELOW TO SEE MORE IMAGES !)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2009 7:52 pm

    MERCI
    MERCI
    MERCI
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SUSAN
    FROM
    ALL
    OF US
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • itsthattimeagain permalink*
      September 23, 2009 8:22 pm

      Merci a vous, vraiment! Thank you for continuing to produce such beautiful clothes and spectacles,
      keeping the standards of fashion as high as they should be. xx!!!

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