MODERN GEISHA 2018-03-27T14:46:49+00:00

Project Description



The artist intention was to transfer the viewer to the futuristic world of Japan in the XXI century in Isabel March interpretation. It is an extraordinary journey, as the attempt to travel in time to the undefined, hypothetic future is at the same time the journey into the tradition of Japan. The project consists of 13 costumes inspired by the original costumes of the Japanese geisha and two versions of sophisticated portraits. Models, wearing kimonos designed by Isabel March, represent two different faces of Japan. Kimonos of geishas are full of colorful pictures of flora and fauna and transform into modern stylizations pulsing with futurism and abstraction. The TRADITION contrasts with the MODERNITY, long-lived HISTORY touches the undefined FUTURE, eternal HARMONY finds itself in the CHAOS. The whole stylization has been created in the process of interlocking of two different time dimensions, hairstyles inspired by New Art Fashion, modern headdresses and accessories together with cubistic make-ups and masks. The jewelry which decorates models’ bodies, has been created from technological components manufactured by Elzab. The models radiating the subtleness and sensuality became the part of the masterpiece – the composition based on the spatial and geometric elements, rejecting the perspective.

The fascination with Japanese art maybe found in the works of many young, clever designers from different parts of the world, like: Eley Kishimoto, Hiroaki Kanai, Issey Miyake, Junko Koshimo, Naoki Takizawa, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto, Dries van Noten, Haider Ackermann, Abraxas Rex. The indications of the Land of the Rising Sun art can be noticed also in the first collections of Pierre Cardin, in innovative scenes of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Takado Kenzo or Celine. This trend is also present in the latest campaigns of Dolce&Gabbana. The movie “Cosmic Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick has had an important influence on the final form of the project. It is a story of a clash between a man and a machine and is considered one of the greatest science fiction movies.The author of this project has also been searching for inspiration in painting, especially in works of Pablo Picasso or Filippo Tommaso Marinetti. Paintings of FUTURISM, CUBISM and ART-DECO are full of diversity of forms and colors and stimulated the artistic vision. The additional impulse for the project was provided by the works of Oleg Duo and Kimiko Yoshida, artists representing such currents as: FINE ART, CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY and ABSTRACTION.The project has also been inspired by music, mainly by Björk (Björk Guðmundsdóttir) – the singer, composer, arranger, actress and producer, whose work is unique and never finished as it evolves, lives and inspires to cross artistic borders and to determine new creative ideas.