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Image: Hormazd Narielwalla artwork. Image credit: Denis Laner Image: Hormazd Narielwalla artwork. Image credit: Denis Laner Show image info

Hormazd Narielwalla artwork. Image credit: Denis Laner

Hormazd Narielwalla pop-up show


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The Fashion Museum is delighted to present a pop-up show of eight selected works by Hormazd Narielwalla from 24 October - 3 January 2016

Hormazd Narielwalla (b.1979) is a London-based artist who works in collage. Narielwalla uses bespoke Savile Row tailoring patterns, and their antiquarian and contemporary trade counterparts, to create artworks exploring the body in abstract form. His practice began in the workrooms of the tailoring firm Dege & Skinner in London’s Savile Row, with an artist’s book, Dead Man’s Patterns (2008), which reflects on the bespoke suit patterns of deceased customers. Narielwalla has worked with patterns from many sources, including 1970s luxury lingerie (Lady Gardens), antique magazine inserts (Le Petit Echo de la Mode), uniforms from the British Raj (for COLLECT 13), and a 1920s tailoring manual (Hungarian Peacocks, 2013). These artworks propose a new interpretation of tailoring patterns as interesting abstracted drawings of the human form. Freed from function they are drawings ahead of their time, anthropomorphic in origin and beautifully abstract in isolation.

Whilst studying Fashion on my Bachelors at the University of Wales Newport a decade ago, we often made research trips to the Fashion Museum. On one of the occasions I remember being taken behind the scenes and shown the beautiful Versace dress that Jennifer Lopez wore along with historical dress side-by-sade, and you really got a sense of the vast collection the Museum holds. I am delighted to be invited to exhibit my tailoring pattern collage artworks at the Fashion Museum.”  - Hormazd Narielwalla on his visit to the Fashion Museum Study Facilities.

Hormazd Narielwalla Artist Statement

Tailoring patterns are a means to an end. These technical mathematical drafts have been developed since the late 1500s, drawn on various kinds of paper, and used to create structured clothing. They carry with them the outline of the garment, and also a representation of the body. Every artwork or series begins with a response to the patterns as the fundamental focus bringing to light their qualities as shapes in themselves. Tailors construct them in order to understand the interface between 3D (the body) and flat drawings (the pattern) before returning to 3D forms (the garment). This interaction between the dimensions is considered and articulated whilst creating artworks.

This pop-up show is a one off event to coincide with an In Conversation event at the Fashion Museum with Hormazd Narielwalla on 30 October. Find out more here.

This is a Fashion Museum event in partnership with Art Weekender - Bristol & Bath 2015.