Strands by Lauren Dreier NYFW FW19
Represented by EB Consults.
Interdisciplinary designer and visual artist Lauren Dreier, kicked off New York Fashion Week SS’19 on Thursday evening, February 6th, with a collaborative exhibition of art, fashion, and design, featuring In seconds, then beats: for string quartet.
The event, held from 1-9pm, with the main performance at 7pm, was sponsored by 3dMonstr and BuildPl8, Falke, and Sourland Spirits.
Stripes, Strands, & Strings showcased eight original designs by Dreier, made from both traditional and non-traditional materials:
Strands – Organza and leather on maple and leather harness
Dress 2 – PET film and leather
Dress 3 – Braided mylar and organza on maple and leather harness
Thou shalt not spline – PTFE film, leather and acrylic
Dress 5 – White oak veneer and leather
Interpolate this – Leather and PET film
Look 7 – Stone veneer and leather
Pant – Organza, PET film and leather
Strands by Lauren Dreier: NYFW FW19
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The exhibition also included five striped oil paintings that hung horizontally throughout the space and were created by Dreier on 44″ x 25″ oil on vinyl, canvas and linen.
Untitled yellow, 2011-2013. Oil on vinyl. 44″ x 25″
Untitled brown, 2011-2015. Oil on vinyl. 44″ x 25″
Untitled copper, 2011-2016. Oil on vinyl 44″ x 25″
Untitled white, 2011-2014. Oil on canvas 44″ x 25″
Untitled pink, 2018. Oil on linen. 44″ x 25″
The original score for string quartet was composed by Morgan Gerstmar, and performed by Dreier and Molly Germer on violin, Gerstmar on Viola, and Thea Mesirow on cello. The piece represented two types of performers including the aforementioned musicians, and the eight models spaced throughout the room – two models per one musician. During the performance each model chose one A and one B strand and stood in front of a musician. Each musician would then perform any Module visible between the model’s two hands, changing from Part A Strands to Part B Strands and back again, at a predetermined time.
Part A Modules represented long drones, with the length of each note determined by the individual musician. Counted in seconds, not beats, the note would maintain the same length throughout the piece. Part B Modules were represented as rhythmic and being above the speed of a heartbeat, with the first performer playing the B Module determining the speed.
A newcomer to New York Fashion Week, Dreier has a diverse background spanning art, architecture, design and engineering. Her work explores the finite yet transformative nature of materials as a possible agent for mediation between disciplines. The exhibition used the idea of strands, stripes and striated forms to describe, explore and create volume, literally weaving together the exhibition’s many parts and materials.
For more information on Lauren Dreier visit lauren.design.