Dance and clothing have always worked hand-in-hand - both are about expression and often, both are about the expression of beauty. Moving beyond simple expression, the latest production at The Dance Factory in Newton is choreographer Robyn Orlin’s musing on the concept of beauty, entitled “Beauty Remained (for Just a Moment then Returned Gently to her Startling Position)”.
Complimenting the striking, and at times, startling dance-performance are the costume creations of South Africa’s design-doyenne, Marianne Fassler.
The Fassler-garments, constructed largely from found-objects such as plastic bottles or woven carry-bags, represent the designer’s approach to fashion. Known for her unique approach to fashion, she continues to design in a way that makes you look at style in a different way: her seemingly strange use of fabrics & colour and print combinations (that somehow ‘just work’ together) are a constant reminder that fashion is not only about expressing beauty, but about seeking beauty - in new things, new places and new ways.
Explaining that although the costumes “are not really fashion”, the designer continued to explain that the eight month process heavily influenced her collection, shown in October at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa 2012.
"BEAUTY REMAINED" WILL BE PERFORMED AT THE BUS FACTORY, NEWTON UNTIL NOVEMBER 25.
Performance images: John Hogg from Leopard Frock
Runway images: SDR Photo/Simon Deiner