A transient art installation for a Barbican event series in London, linking to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition ‘From Side Walk to Catwalk’. The piece was inspired by a gown from Jean Paul Gaultier’s Romantic India collection (2000).
Working with organic model maker Peta O’Brien, I reimagined one of Gaultier’s iconic couture pieces entirely in moss and succulent plants.The organic gown draws on the rich history of camouflage and explores the Camoufleur, a term originally used to describe a person serving in the WW1 French military camouflage unit. The piece also features a camouflage Hawk moth which is native to France. The response was intended to also celebrate Gaultier’s surrealist aesthetic. I invited Hardy Blechman, founder of fashion brand Maharishi, to discuss the use and misuse of camouflage and its changing symbolic value in art and culture. The discussion was hosted by Port Magazine’s David Hellqvist.