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Una B’s Back

19 February 2011

Author : adrian-wilson

She’s never been away of course but new.. (now I have to find the word: work, designs, collection. None apply).

New objects by Una Burke were on display at Feemasons Hall as part of Vauxhall Fashion Scout. Apart from the fact that British Fashion Week is about as dull as life gets, seeing her and her objects was very exciting. More parred down, more usable and sales conscious than her graduate collection but without losing the craft or personality or credibility. She’s surrounded by some interesting characters too. Colodion Wetplate Artist, Stefan Sappert had photographed the objects and these deserve a post of their own but in the meantime see what he’s doing here > . And an accompanying short film by 2 very attractive people will get a post here as soon as possible. Sorry, I forgot your complicated names.


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This season Una Burke is not only an exhibitor in our London Fashion Week Exhibition she is also holding a presentation in our showroom. Her A/W 11 collection entitled ‘Meta.Morph’ was illustrated through a short fashion film and a display of key pieces, as well as some stunning wetplate photography from Stefan Sappert.

Una’s collection of leather body braces was inspired by the work of disabled artist Nicola Lane. The social and mental effects of disability influenced the direction of Una Burke’s fashion film. Collaborating with film director Andreas Waldschutz and with creative directing from Adia Trischler, the experimental film showcasing Una’s designs is purposely uncomfortable and nerving. Taking inspiration from Michael Snow’s iconic 1967 film ‘Wavelength’, the film jars and jumps showing the model staggering around confused and trapped; only to finish with a crowd of clone-like simpletons laughing like clowns as the poor girl in body braces collapses. The model in the film is portrayed as a freakish character and most of her face is covered by the sculptured accessories that hide her identity – a theme Una has followed; the unwarranted shame of having a disability.

The pieces are intricately constructed using soft leather in a range of dark colours; the strips of leather are folded and held in place by studs and bolts. The complexity of the structures is baffling, but they would be a fabulous way to add a harder edge to a simple look.
Words : Louisa Kilburn

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