Titled veil, the presentation, created with award-winning filmmaker Matt Brown, exhibited all connotations of the word – literal and metaphorical. An exploration of intimacy, the veil is lifted to expose one’s self; which is shown through a progression of textiles within the narrative. Starting in extravagant and heavily textured clothing, the protagonist displays her dismay and discomfort - trapped by her surroundings and relationship. Gradually, she realises her true identity through an intimate relationship. Metaphorically translated through clothing; the story ends with light, delicate, wispy and feminine pieces to accompany an aura of freedom and contentment.
The completed looks were modelled into an interior that represented a modern lounge with indulgent embellishments - reflecting the contrasts and hybridity of the collection. Fabrics were delicate, luxurious and richly textured, creating a majestic sense to show. Avant-garde details were placed against wispy tulle; and soft lamb leathers with metal eyelets were layered with sateen materials. The luxurious fabrics, while sculpted and visually dominant, moved seamlessly with the models’ bodies - evoking an underlying story of empowerment through the female form.
Structures were flamboyant and exuberant. Sleeves boasted many a protuberance, whilst necklines were high and ruffled; suggesting historical inspiration, the most notable being that of the Victorian and Elizabethan era. Lace and sheer spotted lingerie provided the base for the collection - the transparency of the pieces suggesting the “Veil” message. Pierson’s SS14 aesthetic and story lived through each element of the SS14 presentation.
Words by Mollie Pyne
Images courtesy of Bloody Gray PR