VISIBLE 2013 EXHIBITION
Step in, swivel and flick into the luxurious and extravagantly stylish world of the 1920’s; an era that paved the way for even the most contemporary fashion trends.
Visible! 2013 is a unique exhibition celebrating a modern take on the gentleman’s hats of the 1920’s – the heritage look. The exhibition is a collaborative effort bringing together the geniuses of hat designer Dasmarca and two photographers; Giacomo Favilla and Liat Chen.
Visible! 2013 will feature hats from Bidyut Das’ Dasmarca range of trilbies, baker boy caps and pork pie styles celebrated in photography as well as art installations. One of the installations will be a stunning hat display suspended from the ceiling depicting the wave of freedom and progress that the Roaring Twenties brought to Britain.
The Dasmarca brand of hats is the creation of British designer Bidyut Das of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. After graduating in 2001, The Guardian described Das as ‘One of the most promising designers of the graduates of his class’ and The Independent said his work ‘stood out’. Das has already established himself as reputable designer. Dasmarca means ‘the mark of Das’ and being true to the rich and colourful handicraft heritage of Tripura, North East India where Das was born.
Photographer and video director Giacomo Favilla’s work will be part of Visible! 2013. Favilla has previously been resident photographer for Digital Camera Magazine and has gained press coverage in major international fashion magazines such as American Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Velvet. In the past, Ruffo Coli the famed textile house has asked him to shoot their catalogues for high fashion.
Favilla’s move to London has seen him flourish, progressing onto working with fashion stylists and make-up artists. His work in the exhibition in collaboration with Francesca Lombardi (stylist) will feature Dada inspired photographs using Dasmarca hats with a montage of organic materials giving expression to the title of the exhibition, Visible! 2013.
Liat Chen, curator at The Book Club venue in Shoreditch, has also produced photography for the exhibition. Her photographs display Dasmarca hats set against the curved Bauhaus architecture of Tel Aviv where Chen originates from. Chen has long been interested in the relationship between architecture and fashion particularly in the period of the late 20’s into the 30’s when the Bauhaus architectural style influenced male fashion in Tel Aviv. Chen understands the interplay between fashion and architecture of the period was indeed an expression of men relating to their surroundings. The hats, the style and the streets featured in the shoot were carefully selected to depict this special connection at that time.
In addition to the art, the launch event will include a vintage 1920’s Gentleman’s Salon where Daniele Assenso, London based hairdresser who has worked in the industry for over 15 years will be on hand to preen your hairdo.
Plus, Jeroen Fransen the model in Chen’s photographs will be performing a few songs from the era.
Come to the launch of Visible! 2013 and experience the magic of the 1920’s era. Impress us with your style on the night you could win a Dasmarca hat!
Exhibition runs until 8th February 2014