Costume in which to flee from intolerable difficulties into the security of illusion

This garment by Raewyn Alexander and her daughter Geneva comforts the user, providing a means of shelter from harsh intolerable difficulties. Cloaks hold an ancient communication, conveying status and creed through colour, pattern and materials. Optimistic tones wrap the user in a positive glow, a shower of busy paisley forming a facade reminiscent of vines and trees. This is upbeat armour, intended to diffuse adversity by hiding in plain sight and cosiness. Gold netted clay ceramic stones are a talisman to protect the wearer, doubling as an elegant weapon in both the physical and spiritual realms.

Details

Photographer: Fraser Chatham
Designer: Raewyn Alexander and Geneva Alexander-Marsters
Manufacturing location: Grey Lynn, Auckland
Garment type: Cloak
Material: Vintage paisley cotton, antique silk kimono, stones
Label: Raewyn Alexander
Date: 2016