Abstract Expressionism Weaved Through Space & Fabric at Anne Bowen
Feb 22, 2011 - by Amanda Gabriele
Inspiration is rarely taken literally when designing. It's usually twisted through the creative mind until the final product can only be traced back to the original vision by intense analysis or discussion with the creator. But Anne Bowen used the colors, strokes and visual depths of Abstract Expressionists to create show-stopping gowns that could hang next to the canvases at MoMA.
Inspired by the work of Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Ana Mendieta, Chiharu Shiota and Marina Abramovic, silk organza and cashmere were adorned with yarn and crystals to re-create classically modern paintings into wearable art. Smokey eyed, nude lipped models stood inside cocoons of tangled thread to explain the meaning of Bowen's Winter 2011 Collection "Oneness." "We wanted to do something different for winter," Bowen said as we stood inside the model-filled yarn cave, sipping lychee Bellinis. "I wanted to explore how we as individuals are all inextricably connected to one another." And connected we are, fashion to art and art to history, moving through life in a sea of inspirational webs.