samedi 17 juin 2017

mythical creatures

In this article I am exploring the relationship between my designs and some mythical and very popular creatures like my little pony, flamingo, mermaids and dinosaurs: 

By Anthony Lycett 
I have a fascination for my Little pony, slightly bad taste toys and openly kitsch. They are such just such pretty creatures, with their glittery manes and diamonds eyes.  Yes they take a lot of room but I love collecting them in every size and every colours. 
For this picture, I wanted to surround myself with all my collection, a kind of American beauty remake with fetish toys.  Who never dreamed of swimming in a my little pony swimming pool? The difficulties was to have a natural pose, as If I was standing but lying down! 

...and the outfit in the real life  with Sue Kreitzman and Florent Bidois at Spitafields market 
I made this pink my little pony crown from a pantomime headpiece.  I recreated a kind of magic world dreamy microcosm with pony and pink castle tower. I hand stitched sequins on the wings and adorned the pony with glitter and gemstones.  

For the skirt, cut out a plastic display that had the shape of a dress, filled all the plastic pockets with small my little pony as if they all have their compartmentalised boxes.  I added plastic  brushes for the pony to take them of their sparely manes, and sprinkle them with glitters before sealing them by hand-stiching them with pink ruffles.  I then stitched the whole creation on a blue PVC base.  

By Anthony Lycett 
Mermaid, a massive trend every summer! which girl have never dreamed of being a mesmerising sea creature?  For this look I didn't wanted to focus on the fish tale aspect of the mermaid but more on the seashells, scales and pearly elements, creating a new wave look between pearly queen and sea-punk aesthetic.  

Inspiration: Rita Ora in 2014 
Inspiration: Chanel posh and elegant  pearly jackets 

By Anthony Lycett 
Pearls is a very noble and precious material,   it symbolises purity and wealth   and pearls necklace are often wore with pride  by posh high society women.  Whereas denim is considered as more grungy and  associated with a casual everyday look.  I found interesting to mix the two and use the discrepancy to  create a baroque and Rococo ( Barroco  meaning irregular pearls in Portuguese ) piece.  

By Anthony Lycett 
I developed the look with a beautiful  blue sequins Marc Jacobs skirt I found in a car boot sale and I hand-stitched pearly bustier
By Anthony Lycett 

Triton is the father from the Disney " little mermaid" embroidered with beads, with shiny rhinestones as nipple tassels. 
He has  its cortege of sea punk green hair mermaids with  skirts hand stitched with sequins and tail adorned with rhinestones. 

By Anthony Lycett 
Another cult creature: dinosaurs which have a very strong sympathy coefficient.  They are non controversial animals as they disappeared and are now advanced to the position of mythical creature alongside unicorns or mermaids.  Everybody love dinosaurs because they are associated with a  visit at natural science museum or illustrated books from childhood so they trigger a feeling of nostalgia.  People find them "cute" and "fun" even if they were meeting them in real life, they would be terrified by theses ferocious animals.  

By Anthony Lycett 
For this Jurasick Park jacket, I used a beige  canvas base with studs that looked like an adventurous explorer jacket.  The process was quite long as I had to cut in half very precisely the big size dinosaurs and drill holes in them and then stitch them on the jacket to create a kind of embossed landscape.  A friend told me I was like Damien Hirst, with a dinosaur version of his cut in half cow sculpture

By Anthony Lycett 
Then I stitched the leaves of plastic palm tree around them to link the dinosaurs between them and recreate their natural habitat giving the feeling of a lush jungle.  They also provide some camouflage so the game is more fair with the dinosaurs hunters!

By Anthony Lycett 

traditional group picture by Richard Kaby 

The Colour Walk is an informal gathering of creative people getting dressed or dressing up to inspire and be inspired. 
We do normal stuff, chat, drink coffee, eat and shop in the market, the only difference is we do it with style and make the effort to dress up.  
by Richard Kaby 

Somehow we stage ourselves, it is a new dandyism but it makes us feel better and some people acquire more confidence in themselves stimulated by the benevolent reassuring environment of the tribe and the compliments on their creativity and their clothing founds.  
This not an elitism movement, a private members  club,  everybody is free to join as long as they wear colours! 

With Sue Kreitzman by Richard Kaby 

details of the dinosaurs outfit by Richard Kaby 
By Diana Dău

For "the return of the goddess" event in Walstomstow" I wore my flamingo costume dress.  
Flamingo is a very popular animal at the moment as you can see it everywhere in trendy design stores.  With his elegant pink figure he is the king of festival fashion! 

Feeling like a super flamingo hero By Diana Dău
Originally it was a costume for a child that I cut in the middled, embellished with ruffle and pink ribbons and a crown. I matched with a giant disco sequin dress and create a pink sequins cape. I  the design  fact that the outfit really stand between a costume and a fashion outfit. 

By Diana Dău

Gathered round Kala Kala amazing pimped up car with flowers and toys by Richard Kaby 
Kala Kala said he was a bit jealous of his car because it has now more success than him! 

With Cherry Stevenson at Gods own Junkward by Richard Kaby 

by Richard Kaby 

I wanted to parody pin up at car show room  and I ended up  embodying a flamingo standing on one legs -picture by Richard Kaby 

by Richard Kaby 

Illustration which reflects the atmosphere of the day By Sue Harding 

always nice to get an assistant in the person of Florent Bidois   that always make sure my hair look good! picture by Richard Kaby 

by Richard Kaby 

The bag I made for Sue Kreitzman with hand-stitched colourful buttons on polypockets and wax print buttons.  The poly pockets have their set of accessories.  

Collaboration  on fashion shoot with the stylist 


 with my more tribal pieces, Peacock turban, dinosaurs necklace and the 4 ages of the woman.  

With Sue Kreitzman By Anthony Lycett 

In the frame the photoshoot for Phoenix magazine about portrait of artists in their environment (see project on Anthony's website), I went to Sue Kreitzman house, a magical world for fan of maximalism art.  A place where I always feel at home, sharing spiritual conversation and delicious food.

The cuff I made for Sue with barbie eyes and mouths with red pompons and beads. 

wearing L.O.M fashion and my own hand stitched Radjasthan inspired skirt with my little pony headpiece By Anthony Lycett 

I also took part in the Self.Styled location, since I moved in Stoke Newington, I have a better space to work with an amazing bay window that bring luminosity.  
This is where the magic happen, my sacred space,  cocoon and cavern at the same time,  where I surround myself with stuff I like and colours. 
For my day look I am wearing my favourite asymmetrical primary colours  wooly jumper from a hong kong designer found in a card boot sale, colourful and comfy.  For my night look I am wearing my vintage Christian Dior ensemble with a giant black & white floppy hat. 

Another mythical creature that I created myself,  very fun commission I did for a fan of colours and collector in South of France. 

This is the inspiration, she wanted a hunting trophy aesthetic without a real taxidermy stuff animal but a giant my little pony head.  

inside the creation: the metallic wire structure in order to create the "giraffe neck" adorned with pompons, colourful dinosaurs and animals.  

I created this hybrid mythical creature with a my little pony head and a horse neck, Not using taxidermy allowed me to create my new bestiary of imaginary.  

Iwona Pinkowicz, a London based visual storytelling photographer came to my place to take my portrait for her "dream project".  

by Iwona pinkowicz

I said my dream was "to grow my buisness of costume and fashion design and get my own studio on London". 
by Iwona pinkowicz

We all have dreams that range in size, scope and silliness. Since January 2016 I have been photographing strangers on the streets of London and asking them, what is your dream? One of my dreams is to publish a street portraits photo book featuring the people I have met doing this. The aim of the project is to show that no matter who you are or what you do you should always have dreams and be unafraid to pursue them. I want to show that through hard work, dedication and confidence in yourself, dreams can come true no matter how silly, ambitious or unattainable they may seem. "Iwona pinkowicz

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