Recycled Outfit 1998

Sprynskyj, D and Boyd, P 2008, Recycled Outfit 1998, (Creative Work : Design/architecture).

Document type: Creative Work
Collection: Creative Works

Title Recycled Outfit 1998
Author(s) Sprynskyj, D
Boyd, P
Year 2008
Type of work Design/architecture
Outlet Remaking Fashion, National Gallery of Victoria, International Gallery,Melbourne, Australia
Dates 26 September 2008 - 19 April 2009
Medium Recycled fashion & textiles
Size/Duration 1 outfit
Summary "This major exhibition at the NGV examined the process of making in contemporary fashion, particularly the recent aesthetic for which the process of making and the elements of construction are themselves components of design, where materials and methods traditionally hidden are displayed and celebrated. It drew on the gallery's extensive archives and included a large selection of toiles by Pierre Cardin as well as works by Comme des Garçons, Maison Martin Margiela, Helmut Lang, Yohji Yamamoto and John Galliano. The outfit by S!X was one of two Australian works selected.

The work shown by S!X was originally made in 1998 and is a relatively early example of deconstruction reinterpreted in an Australian context, which dictated a slightly different set of historical and cultural references. Its rawness and concern for almost Victorian tailoring lines suggest Westwood as much as Margiela, and punk as much as Northern European intellectualism, and was born of necessity as much as it was the result of influence. It comprises an early version of the upside-down trouser-skirt, a pair of men's trousers (and underpants) recut as a skirt; a men's tailored jacket reshaped for a woman; a 1930s chemise combined with a dickie from a dress-shirt and decorated with decoupage images of historical female figures; a pair of decoupage shoes; and a turtle-shaped backpack made from a jacket lapel attached to nylon. The work is a example of S!X's early exploration of gendered clothing and the reconstruction of found garments, and though relatively recent it now finds its place in the history of contemporary fashion.

The work was acquired by the NGV in 1998 and is here re-exhibited alongside some of the most important names in recent and contemporary international fashion design."
Subject Textile and Fashion Design
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