mardi 28 février 2017

Hearts & Popcorn

In this article, I am going to present to dresses based on objects especially made for the Bingo at number 90. You may have noticed I like to use common reference products, multiply it and make it as a wearable piece.  

"Don't eat pop corn, wear it" by Anthony Lycett 

I made the pop corn costume for the "movie night" theme.  I am absolutely obsess by salted caramel pop corn and as a kids having them at cinema was an amazing treat! I wanted to give it a 50s American  pop corn seller vintage look by using the old fashion package.  I used as a base a silver bomber jacket from Roman road market and I hand stitched the packaging I got from Ebay. I folded them in a different way in order to create a kind of origami playing with the geometrical dynamic of the red & white stripes making a kind a cardboard peacock tail. Not the kind of outfit you can wear under the rain! 

Going further than making a dress with pop corn packaging, Zita Pop made dress out of actual pop corn!

I have always been a big fan of Jeremy Scoot collection, and his witty and quirky  aesthetic.  I always love it how he use pop culture household consumer brands and give it a twist.  More than a fashion gag, he uses a global language "this is about taking something trashy and making something that you'll treasure forever".  

Kawaii icon Katy Perry wearing Jermey Scott pop corn dress 

by Anthony Lycett 
For the popcorn imitation I just googled "how to make fake popcorn" and because you can find everything on the internet I found a tutorial (yes people have tried before me!)  explaining how to shape fake popcorn using polystyrene packing peanuts. So I spend hours rolling them into glue and agglomerate them together.  Then I painted the top yellow and sprinkled them with gold glitter as the last ingredient.  I like this effect that it look real but you know it is fake if you know what I mean! 
Pin up style peacock Jean Paul Goudr inspiration! by Anthony Lycett 
With the jacket, I am wearing my favourite amazing Dazzle & Jolt Pop corn skirt which match perfectly with the theme (I kind of designed the whole outfit all around the skirt) 
For the headpiece, I added a little barbie camera I found into a charity shop and I attached some fake popcorn with Nylon to give it a dynamic feeling of motion as if they were falling from the pot! 

by Anthony Lycett 
Hearts is one favourite pattern to include in design.  2 years ago, I made a Valentine dress with foam hearts I then turned into a jacket.

Loulou Reloulou  came to help me at my studio to hand stitch all the hearts.  I like how the colour of her jumper complement the hearts one! 

by Anthony Lycett 
  This years I found some very inspired hearts garland at Poundland  with red sparkly  glitters which give to the costume its cabaret aesthetic referring for me to the iconic glittery heart of Bethnal green working men's club stage.  

by Anthony Lycett 
I used a ballerina tutu as a base for the costume with red and light grey net because I like the shape of the bustier and the marked waist.  

by Anthony Lycett 
With Anthony Lycett, we tried to create a kind of kitsch David Lachapelle  aesthetic with fake flowers and my lightening up "LOVE" fascinator to emphasise the commercial and over-rated aspect of the celebration.
by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 
Point Presse, Great interview by I am a Foreigner about being a French designer in London! 
The project aims to rebrand the concept of  "foreigner "as a positive and aspirational figure.
It's discovery and innovation, passion and determination.

...meanwhile still struggling with my permanent resident permit application :(

by the foreigner project 

I also collaborate on a shoot for a fashion editorial in Cake magazine with the fashion Brands Fields of Ponies.  I like working with designer who have a different aesthetic like Fields of Pony is very sportswear  chic but I feel the colours just matched perfectly! 


Photography: @byezekiel and @celineantal
Model: @luce_giles
Styling: @motherpony
Clothing: @fieldofponies

samedi 25 février 2017

La Cage royale

WARNING, the following article contain strong colours!

by Anthony Lycett 

I had the honour to be invited to take part into the opening night of "La Cage royal"  at l'Escargot in Soho. 
" Throughout 2017, La Cage Royale will provide a regular home for the most exciting visual art makers, performance artists, musicians, activists, forward thinkers, sartorial eccentrics, their friends and supporters. A platform for new work, experimental theatre, intimate performances, cutting edge cabaret, recorded and live music… culminating to some fabulous dancing and celebrating!

by Anthony Lycett 
Focused on the philosophy of spontaneous creative expression, freedom, generosity and reviving the bohemian spirit of London through the mediums of poetry, music, singing, spirituality, open sharing platform, magic, dancing, performance art, costumes and much more, it will bring under one roof the warmest and brightest leading lights of the city.
Intimate performances unraveled  throughout the upstairs salons, including butoh dance, burlesque shows, avant garde performances, palm and card readings, cabaret, strip tease, a poetry salon a snake charmer, magicians, amazing drag queens, extraordinary costumes and live music galore! 

by Anthony Lycett 
The rule was "Dress to express and impress! This is your chance to take that unwearable garment out for a spin and join the dazzling sights!"

by Anthony Lycett 
I especially crafted this performance for the occasion, inspired by the surrealistic aesthetic of the building and the concept of "cage" that I translated into a tent dress and I came out with this "Psychedelic tea time" Alice in Wonderland  mad hatter inspired.  
I made the circus tent dress for a colour walk last year (see picture), but I decided to develop the potential interactive element of the costume as you can go inside of the children tent.  

by Anthony Lycett 
I had a miniature porcelain tea set where I was pouring bourbon in instead of tea.  I was inviting the audience gathered in the green salon to pick a card and then find the matching pair which was hung inside the dress.  When they pulled the curtain, they could discover a magical world with fairy LED light and alice in wonderland music coming from my phone hidden in my pans! 
When they found the matching pair, they had to drink the magical beverage in the tea cup as a shot to celebrate.  

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

In this performance I am exploring the concept of endangerment on two different level. first because I am getting vulnerable by letting audience go under my skirt, and interact, what about if a member of the audience goes to far?  should I interrupt the show or you have to keep performing?  
And also with the drinking and the risk of getting drunk and loosing control as  I was taking a shoot of Bourbon every time a person was finding the matching pair.  

by Anthony Lycett 
I got interesting reactions of the audience, Especially male, going under a woman skirt could be a fantasy but when it is clearly asked it become frightening and intimidating.

getting ready helped by Florent Bidois -picture by Zac Zenza

picture by  Zac Zenza

picture by  Zac Zenza

picture by Zac Zenza
picture by Zac Zenza
find the matching pair! picture by Richard Kaby 

picture by Zac Zenza 
picture by Zac Zenza 

picture by Richard Kaby 

A Colour Walk is an informal gathering of golden creative souls getting dressed or dressing up to inspire and be inspired. 
picture by Richard Kaby 

Even if Sue Kreitzman goes to the market every thursday as a ritualistic pilgrimage organising a colour walk make it a bit special! 

Colour people seems to appear from nowhere and gather around Las Iguanas.  Staff usually thing is it a kind of flash mob and clients get a bit overwhelmed with the amount of colours splashing everywhere!  

picture by Richard Kaby 
Still inspired by circus theme, this is my outfit for Last colour walk, an alternative ringmaster outfit.  A old vintage velvet dress hollywood style  I cut in half to make it a cancan dancer long top I could take into an glittery stars short.  So the outfit is between a dress and a two pieces suit playing between masculinity and femininity. 

picture by Richard Kaby 
With the amazing Lara Buffard making a documentary about some awesome creative people picture by Richard Kaby 

With the designer Florent Bidois 

picture by Neil Andrew 
great portrait by Sue Harding, I like the fact you can recognise me more by what I am wearing than what I actually look like! 

picture by Neil Andrew 

I made the Circus clown neckpiece with the soft clowns from the circus tent dress (I always recycle everything) that I stitched on a glittery base.  
picture by Neil Andrew 

Peruvians dolls charms neckpiece 💜💙💚❤️ made for @suekreitzman with Aztec style beaded & embroidered dolls headpiece

The neckpiece is an intricate piece of embroideries with traditional guatemalan worry dolls, a local legend about the origin of the Muñeca quitapena refers to a Mayan princess named Ixmucane. The princess received a special gift from the sun god which would allow her to solve any problem a human could worry about.
In traditional and modern times, worry dolls are given or lent to brooding and sorrowful children. They would tell their doll about their sorrows, fears and worries, then hide it under their pillow during the night. After this, the child will literally sleep over the whole thing. At the next morning, all sorrows are said to have been taken away by the worry doll

By Daria Marchik 

another day at the market with Sue Kreitzman, wearing my favourite Dazzle&Jolt pop corn skirt!

wearing my favourite 💕 L.O.M fashion playsuit with pompons with a bespoke skirt Rajasthan inspired that I frenetically embroidered during months and my little pony headpiece
picture by @anthony Lycett

Getting an invitation to Sue Kreitzman house is always a delight.  Less is less and more is just not quite enough don't wear beige it may kill you As Sue is always acquiring new art pieces her personal museum is evolving in a perpetual   vital spark.  
I know it would be a nightmare  and really oppressing for some people to leave in such a crowded and rococo space but for me, I just feel I fit in! 

Barbie face part  & limbs bracelets  made for Sue Kreitzman embroidered with  red sequins and beads picture by Anthony Lycett 

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