Darwin and Unknown
Numbered, limited-edition reversible gown in Italian silk.
A fanciful flight of feathers, this reversible COMMON HOURS robe was created in collaboration with Dutch artists Darwin. Sinke & Van Tongeren, flamboyant taxidermists who, as well as working along with museums, ethically acquire deceased animals, exploring the beauty, value and emotion of natural history. In a juxtaposition of the beautiful and the macabre, the A-side features a fresh palate cleanser of white, where a macaw takes up centre stage; its tail feather disappears up and behind the neck of the robe, to re-appear magnified on the B-side. Delicate hand-embroidery highlights the bird's face, while a quote by Charles Darwin is hidden in the hemline, almost if written in invisible ink - for your eyes only. Please click the B-SIDE tab above for a description of the reverse of this robe.
The B-side sees feathers shine in iridescent colours, extravagantly blown-up to magnificent proportions. Embroidery in silver gunmetal tread with artworks, phrases and words inspired by Charles Darwin tell stories of the spirit of discovery and the origins of the species.neck offer each piece as a blank slate, ready for interpretation – sometimes with meaningful, tattoo-like motifs, others with lyrics, poetry or prose. Imbued by a sense of time and memory, each design takes a cue from the ordinary and the extraordinary; designed for the common hours.