Walking into Edward Crutchley’s show, we were met with an amazing dystopian work as the background for the catwalk. This was a contemporary mythology, serving to question our relationship to screens and transhumanism. As we face a definite move for more and more reliance on technology, we are left to question what will be the future of man and technology.
In order to provide some contrast this concept, Crutchley took us through a journey of soft flowing fabrics, kimono vests and sleeveless samurai vests, with the draping and freedom of movement speaking to a return to earthy connection with Mother Nature and the realisation that true connection does not lie behind a screen.
The creation of the hand printed and foil prints, alongside high resolution ink jet prints with Chiso and Kyo-Yuzen kimono printers, showcased such a wonderful use of innovative technology through ancient techniques. It was also wonderful to see Crutchley take inspiration from Japanese court dress, 1940s tailoring and even 1990s RnB artists. This was a wonderfully cohesive and intelligent balance of the ancient and the futuristic, showing us that we can indeed balance those polarities.
Words // Christobelle Batchelor – Fashion Director