lundi 18 mai 2015

Self Styled

by Anthony Lycett 
My day look for Self styled London, the amazing photo-project that capture the individual looks of the British capital.  
the troll jacket made for Yve Blake for her show Lie collector, hundreds of 90s troll stitched one by one on a leather cowboy jacket with glittery leggings, shiny and funny, bad taste borderline... all what I like in an outfit! 

by Anthony Lycett 
The headpiece is made out of two ring display  stands shaped as hand, I put them on a head band like two translucent  horns holdings a pink beads as a kind of offering to style.  

Moshi monster necklace available on my online shop 

The hyper-japan kawai lolcore necklace is made out with moshi monsters that the amazing artist Scorpio gave me in enhance of a Star Wars brooch mixed with 90s dummy and translucent beads stitched on a fabric & foam plastron base.  
vampire dolls Santiags available on my online shop 

I customised theses  blacks Santiags with imitation snake skin by stitching one vampire dolls heads, colourful fringes, sequins and beads, you won't see any shoes like mine, anywhere! 

by Anthony Lycett 
My night outfit is my bingo hostess costume. If I spend the day working in my studio, on the night, I put on my more sparkly dress and go to host the crazy kitsch Hackney Bingo club in Bar 90
by Anthony Lycett 
On the purple sequins base dress I stitched the red sparkly letters of the word Bingo and a customised dolls holding  glittery pink bingo balls with silver numbers.  I added a big pink tulle collar….because MORE IS MORE.  
with this costume I am wearing a Piers Atkinson golden hat with crystals that I had for my birthday.  
With Simon  Dodi from Luxuriouxsnacksx by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

The costume in action: raising money for Charity at Hackney Bingo Club in Bar 90 

by Anthony Lycett 

The challenge was to customise a dress for Deirdre the owner of the amazing vintage shop Lucy Lounge in Dublin (have a look if you go pass the city). 

wearing my circus elephants earrings available at Fee Fee La Fou shop in Dalston 
I  tried to include all the elements she liked and that were important in her life. So for example she really like dolls so I incorporated 5 plastic toys dogs with beads necklaces and rhinestones.
by Anthony Lycett 
 She liked arms and legs from dolls but found heads a bit creepy so I selected theses parts of the vampire dolls bodies.
by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 
She wanted to wear it for festival so I went for more of a bohemian-hippie look with a fashion twist with for example the holographic fabric.
by Anthony Lycett 

vendredi 15 mai 2015

Marie-Antoinette on Acid

For the shoot we went to the Lakes district, the biggest National Park in the UK located in North West England.  In the 19th century, its famous lakes and mountains inspired Romantic Lakes poets like William Wordsworth. 

by Anthony Lycett 
For this Marie Antoinette  costume I worked around the element of laces. Using vintage laces,  faded and yellow with age, my aim wasn't to produce an historical reconstitution but more an archaeological relic, a dress as  you will find is in a museum, battered by the passing of years, and note re-made in a brand new duchess satin.  

By Anthony Lycett 
I  liked to subvert the function of the corset in this outfit. Seen  before as an object of constraint and  feminine body restriction, with the advent of burlesque if became a fashion accessory and an object of fantasy and desire. 
I included porcelain dolls on the dress to add to the fragility and the vulnerability of the costume; ancient beauty from another time.  
For the head piece I used a an actual tomatoes plant support to structure the wigs, it was so heavy that I think Marie Antoinette may have suffered from a permanent torticollis ! 

And of course the beautiful Baroque's roll shoes are from Natacha Marro

Post-baroque shoot inspiration

 have always been fascinated by the controversial figure of Marie-Antoinette disliked by French people as the "l'Autrichienne" and "Madame Déficit" but  worshiped as a cultural icon associated with glamour and luxury.  

Dressed for Excess, Marie Antoinette is like the performer of her life, she always has to be fabulous and have to adopt the appropriate external honors in order to  maintain her prestigious position,  becoming a fashion icon  all French society at the time where imitated her famous coiffure "the pouf" "a la mode de la reine".  

"In postmodernist popular culture Marie-Antoinette is viewed in a favorable light because she defied stereotype. Today she tends to be seen as a thoroughly (post)modern woman who was punished on all sides because of it. The image of Marie-Antoinette today epitomizes strength, sexuality, and the allure of the female. Evoking Marie-Antoinette as a symbol of empowerment is to move her from one category to another, portraying her as positive because she exhibited the same traits that she was condemned for.  The images of pop-icon Madonna are not ones of opulence for its own sake, but ones of female sexuality, control and power. "

Kristen Dunst as Marie Antoinette in Sofia Coppola 2006 movie

The reported extravagances of Marie-Antoinette are so "well known" that her image is recognized often as symbol of excess and used in advertising campaigns for companies such as Juicy Couture, and as an extravagant display in a New York City shop window. The display maker, Linda Fargo, Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Bergdorf Goodman noted that "Enough is never enough for Marie Antoinette, it has to be more, it has to be more!" (Fargo)." Mylynka Kilgore 

"No bread?  Let them eat burger! " Casual Marie Antoinette meal at bar 90 before Bingo 

I started working on this character of Marie Antoinette with this headpiece  with a floral ark, chrysalis of a pink barbie dolls. 

By Paul Saint Bris 
When I went to Paris who took this picture with Paul Saint Bris in Park Monceau where I become a kind of psychedelic pantomime character from a Watteau painting.  

By Paul Saint Bris 
I actually forgot my amazing headpiece in the park and when I cam back the day after it was gone so if you see an eccentric parisian lady wearing my hat in the street, let me know! 

By Paul Saint Bris 

By Paul Saint Bris 

Going backward in my creative process again, the barbie legs costume was originally made for the Love toilet movie at the Dalston Superstore.  

Contrary to  what a lot lot of people think, I am not really a party animal. As I am often employed as a party entertained, party is more like  a job for me.  I am more an early bird, working from the early morning  in my studio and then too tired in the evening to go anywhere. 
 But love the crowd of London club scene that I often meet in other context like collaborative creative projects.  

You can also see my valentine heart dress at 0:43 min

The idea for the video was to create a surrealistic series of flash images with different tableaux. 

I like collaborating with Loulou Reloulou as she reveals a more crazy side of my work and bring me on other creative territories.  

For the video I used my barbie legs cancan costume for my performance at the Loudest Whispers exhibition.  

I needed four people to have 6 ribbon each in order to take the trousers off.  If it take less than a second  to pull them all off, you need more than 20 min to put them on.  

Getting ready in Daston Superstore backstage
Last but not least, As you all know, I appeared on the French programme Sept à Huit on TF1 in the frame of a documentary on French people in London. So you have the guy working in luxury property development, the banker, the guy running is technologic start up...and you have me! 

 A TV crew filmed me for two days following me in my every day life. At the end they focused more on the fashion side of my work. They didn't kept my meeting with Sue Kreitzman, the visit of my exhibition at Saint Pancras gallery or the filming of the Bingo but I didn't really had any bad feedback from this portrait so I guess it is ok.

If one day someone would have told me I will be on TF1 I would have call him crazy! 

I had a very positive response from the audience after the broadcast, strangers writing to me on my Facebook page telling me they love my work or wishing me luck! 

On  my bike (they loved filming me on my bike, I think they had never seen a girl cycling in heels) -, the majority of my portrait is actually me cycling on my bike. For this take, the TV crew was filming from a cab (the taxi driver wasn't really understanding what we were doing) and they asked me to go up and down 5 times in the same street! 

At the fashion week (they forced me to say having a show at London fashion week would be my absolute dream whereas I don't really care) 

Working in my studio 

Presenting my creation, the colourful rubber dress I worn in Valspar advert  

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