SORT is a zine made by Sang Bleu friend and long term collaborator Joseph Delaney alongside stylist Matt King which is launching this evening in Dalston at The Victoria. So, to celebrate we are publishing an exclusive preview from its fashion section. We caught up with Joseph to find out more about his interest in a severe aesthetic and the pursuit for an ’empty beauty’.
The project comprises of various different media–from zines and fashion imagery to concrete objects and music. We’ve made a few zines previously on more specific subject matter but this is more of an introduction of our collective interests, a kind of visual (and briefly textual) manifesto for a wider ongoing project. It’s approached in the way we’d approach a fashion editorial, simply because this is the visual language we’re familiar with, but this was our opportunity to present it in the way we want it to be seen.
The empty pursuit of beauty refers to the collective idea of that beauty and perfection (in the conventional sense) are something to be aspired to. There’s the feeling in the collective consciousness that this is changing, yet we’re still bombarded with an endless feed of a certain image of what we could and should be; everything from preened bloggers or impossibly toned porn stars. There are of course a wide range of narratives disputing this and offering up alternative points of view–this is ours, that there’s beauty in something ugly or grotesque.
Come to the party tonight where you can enjoy djs playing the best of Industrial music from 10pm, more information can be found here.
Fashion used includes: Cottweiler, Martine Rose, Liam Hodges, Christopher Shannon, Itokawa Film, Sebastiaan Pieter, Daniel Pollitt and Louise Alsop
Creative Direction: Joseph Delaney & Matt King
Fashion Photography: Emma Gibney
Hair: Jonathan De Francesco
Concrete: Julie Dybro