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Twisted and locked together – Dion Lee in ‘Das Superpaper’

In photography on 23 June 2009 at 2:07 am

Issue 7 of Das Superpaper has just hit the streets featuring a great interview by Jasmine O’Loughlin-Glover with Dion Lee, the designer whose debut during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week in April – at 9am in a Kings Cross underground car park – was one of the event’s buzziest high points.

Dion Lee 1

The article is illustrated with Bowen Arico’s photos, art directed by Lee and O’Loughlin-Glover, of Lee’s jackets that reinforce their intricate, sculptural quality. Lee relates them to the steel ribbon and crushed car sculptures of American John Chamberlain, saying, “What I took from looking at his work was this feeling of multiple objects being twisted and locked together. A lot of the construction is achieved through multiple pieces woven together, that can’t be separated.”

Dion Lee 2

The jackets are embellished with cylindrical glass tubing and chains, influenced by Bauhaus designer Naum Slutzky, which functions both as jewellery and a structural element, acting as a transition between panels, changing the way the fabric moves or is shaped against the body.

With his erudition, meticulous detailing and genuine originality, Lee already seems out of step with some of the flashy big guns of Sydney’s fashion scene busy turning out copies of Christophe Decarnin’s work for Balmain. If you think that his work doesn’t have commercial appeal, just try to buy a jacket from his SS09/10 collection.

Das Superpaper is a monthly art magazine available free in Sydney (a list of stockists is here), and soon in Melbourne and Brisbane, or by subscription.

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