Dumpty London Fashion Week SS18
Opening the London Fashion Week show for Dumpty SS18, two unconventional models wore even more unconventional attire. To follow was a demonstration of deconstructed and reconstructed everyday tailored pieces with a few embroidered penises thrown in for good measure.
Walking hand in hand, two models opened the London show; the woman was wearing a giant knitted penis/backpack. Over a Dumpty logo t-shirt, the male model wore knit braces with an array of nipples and breasts appliquéd on top.
The hints of body parts continued throughout the rest of the collection –- cut away shoulders, nipples attached to a t-shirt and a perfect ear-shaped hole cut out of a rain mac hood. Finding inspiration from Richard Barnett’s “Crucial Interventions,” the collection of surgical illustrations was evident throughout.
Dumpty: London Fashion Week SS18
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The garments consisted of sportswear and functional outerwear. Shirts were cut up and repositioned, collars were now on the back, and button plackets were twisted out of shape –- reinforcing the surgical influences. The collection was made out of leatherette, PU and knitwear, juxtaposing the shiny, functional sportswear against bulky knitted objects and embellishments.
Refinement came from the colour scheme; blackish green, blue, dusty pink, black and white were the basis of the collection. This allowed a muted background for the embellishments and bold burnt orange pieces to stand out.
By readjusting lines and panels through pattern work, Dumpty has created a modern version of functional outerwear, while adding NSFW embellishments to keep the Dumpty humour throughout the seasons.