This past London Fashion Week I dipped my toes into the fashion world as part of Ziad Ghanem’s show at the Freemason’s Hall, copies of my book GHOSTS were on every seat of the front row for all the fabulous glitterati to get their hands on as I werrrrked the runway. I feel so blessed to have been part of Ghanem’s show. His shows are so much more than fashion, they incorporate theatricality, performance and now poetry…
Here are the official details:
The profound and yet touching Polish film Matka Joanna od aniolów (Mother Joan of the Angels) provides the inspirational backdrop to Ziad Ghanem’s Spring / Summer 2012 ready to wear collection.
An interplay of good and evil, black and white; a dark tale unfolds of a nun processed by demons and where love and sacrifice provide her only salvation. Poetic and high on emotion Ziad references the film throughout the show and in his styling.
Silhouettes are kept close to the body with structured curve-enhancing corsetry while silk organza and Italian vintage fabrics provide texture and opulence. Sensual and erotic there is more than a nod to temptation while the monochrome colour palette bleeds into vibrant reds, pinks and peaches.
The antithesis to a straight up and down catwalk show worn by roster of same-size models Ziad openly embraces the unique by casting a broad range of individuals to model his designs. Characters this season will include the performance artist CHOKRA, who also specially composed the music, while the show, much like the collection, will be brimming in provocative drama.
CHOKRA composes Second_to_NUN.wav a 22 minute art work in digital and analogue sound for ZIAD GHANEM’s catwalk extraordinaire MATKA JOANNA Spring/Summer 2012. Second_to_NUN.wav features CHOKRA’s audio compositions of What are you? and Z for Ziad synthesized with fragmented speech, binaural field recordings and the programmed filters of “exotica.”
Ziad Ghanem’s demi couture/ready to wear collection will be exclusively available in selected stores all over the world.