An exhibition of collage drawings by artist Hormazd Narielwalla, Savile Row’s Dege & Skinner’s artist in residence, is now on display at The Modern Pantry (a keen supporter of the arts). ‘Fairy-God, Fashion-Mother’ is inspired by the cult fashion curator and the blogger of all bloggers – Diane Pernet – and blurs the lines of illustration and art by exploring the human form as abstract shapes.
Narielwalla references from three paradoxically eclectic historical sources: reproductions of 60s American paper dresses archived at ATOPOS cvc (a Greek cultural centre); original and antiquated tailoring pattern drafts from a Victorian cutting book (from the London College of Fashion); and archived bespoke patterns from Savile Row customers, discarded after their death in the 60s – scraps of paper which were utilitarian in life, but are now a poignant (and slightly creepy) memento of a man’s relationship with his tailor. The result of Narielwalla’s fascination with tailoring is a stunning collection of art that visually draws you in, and tells you a story of the history of patterns.
Fairy-God, Fashion-Mother, until January 7th 2012, The Modern Pantry, 48 St. John’s Square, London EC1V 4JJ. Tel. 020 7553 9210. Website.
Images © Hormazd Narielwalla