Above: Art that comes to life through movement. Sound suits by guest artist: Nick Cave. Images sourced.
We may only be a country of 4.5 million people, but where fashion is concerned cool things are happening in New Zealand. I recently spoke to Andreas Mikellis who is the head of the Fashion and Textile Department at AUT and Co-Director of Shapeshifting: A Conference on the Transformative Paradigms in Fashion and Textile Design. The conference is the first of its kind in the world, and the intent behind it is about providing an alternative way to think about fashion, the future and innovation. He’s invited international artists, industry practitioners, thinkers and innovators to speak on the theme of ‘Shapeshifting.’ I had the pleasure of interviewing Andreas about the conference where he also shares his thoughts on New Zealand fashion and the bigger picture, along with guest speaker Christina Cie who has an interesting take on how fashion and clothing helps to regenerate a community on the brink (she relates this directly to the Christchurch earthquake), plus US performance artist and sound suit designer–Nick Cave whose incredible mixed media work embodies the Shapeshifting theme. You can listen to their thoughts on fashion and ‘shapeshifting’ here.
Below: Architectural sleeve by Couture Designer and guest speaker Shingo Sato
Have a great week!