“Taking inspiration from 1960s Italian fashion, Prada`s 2016 F/W runway and the playful feeling of Godard’s film, “Une femme est une femme,” Robyn Germanese and Ashley Richards’s surreal window installation transports the viewer into Euro- mod world filled with pastels, pops of bright colors and over sized shapes. In one window, a geometric ladder will house Citizen Vintage’s collection of Autumn shoes. In the opposite window, a mannequin-sized mobile with Alexander Calder inspired shapes will suspend the over-sized tote bags designed and made by Germanese and Richards”.
Ashley Richards and I made this window display in winter 2015 for the amazing children’s store Comme des Enfants, located in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal. The installation took place at the beginning of the summer 2015 and remained for 3 months.
We called this project Fragments: A Modern Love, as we saw this piece like a love story but a little broken. More specifically we chose the name as it describes the narrative of a fragile and regal sort of love as described in the John Keats poem Here. We created “gem” shapes as there is longevity to gems, however enveloped in delicate paper, they are at once fragile and withstand time. The way that they have been pieced together is another metaphor for as it looks like a necklace has been broken and suspended in time. Metaphorically speaking love is the necklace.
Towards the bottom we created a glacier type structure with pieces shooting out of it to mimic crystal formations. The gold crown sculpture that rests on this glacier reminds us of The Little Prince story book.
The overall look is romantic, playful, and reminiscent of a time of childlike daydreaming seen in many children books.
We used high quality Japanese papers, thin wooden sticks, various non toxic glues, and string.
This was our first window display together.
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This collection was inspired by all things 1940s. First by looking at the silver screen goddess such as Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Eva Gardner, Bette Davis, Doris Day, Katharine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, Betty Grable, Lucille Ball, and finally Lana Turner, and the attitude these women portrayed, and embodied. These ladies sexy charms were abundant. However, our main focus was towards the flirtatious play/bathing suits, curvaceous bodies, the sleek & elegant silhouettes, perfectly tailored dresses, the vampish & aloof attitudes, and of course the impeccable hair, and makeup. The women of the day were entering the workforce, maintaining homes, raising children, all while looking utterly flawless and fabulous. The burgeoning control and authority women had was perfectly represented in Christian Dior’s “New look”.
I want to bring a modern approach to this era, as it is one I continually reference. By mixing gingham, and checkered, sheer, and pastels, stretch, woven, and even latex materials. I want to bring focus back to women’s bodies with an emphasis on the multifaceted characteristics women have.Using latex is a new passion at EBF that started with a forest green latex dress I touched in a shop. It seemed all at once, amphibious, like thick seaweed, yet human to touch. I was hooked. I began to research in great detail everything that I could about this natural material. As a seamstress for many years, I can tell you that this was a whole new method of construction that uses glue rather than thread, must be hand cut with a knife rather than scissors, and powered and oiled when ready to hang or wear, instead of ironed.