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The Wonderland Book

Kirsty Mitchell’s Wonderland Book is an enormous volume containing over 600 photographs, featuring the seventy-four pieces in her Wonderland series. It is a labor of love created in memory of her mother, who died from cancer in 2008, and took over five years to complete. These otherworldly images, lush, extravagant, super saturated with color, feature Mitchell’s lavish, wildly imaginative costumes and embody a fantastical, whimsical, and unrestrainedly vibrant fairytale aesthetic, inspired by the storybooks her mother read to her as a child and by her personal journey of grief and transfiguration.

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Anouk Wipprecht’s “Spider Dress”

Having previously posted about the “Spider Dress” prototype, I was delighted by the unveiling of the finished design last week. Pearl-colored, reminiscent of Iris van Herpen‘s 3D-printed couture creations, this gorgeous dress by Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht is a marvel of fashiontech (the intersection of fashion and technology). The animatronic garment is inspired by animal behavior, using motion and respiration sensors to respond to the approach of others – “The dress measures the wearer’s stress levels with wireless biosignals, and aggregates this information with measurements of others’ proximity and speed of approach (it can detect movement up to 22 feet away). The dress changes according to these various data inputs, gauging how the wearer is feeling about the people around her.”

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Xenophora Objects

Xenophora Objects is a brand of handcrafted jewelry designed by Karissma Yve. Using techniques such as sand casting and lost-wax casting, these unique, brutal objects are inspired by nature and alchemy – the tagline (As above becomes below, within becomes without) is a play on the alchemical maxim “As above, so below.” I like the raw quality of these pieces, how they remind me of natural forms, how extremely tactile and primal-feeling they are, and their embodiment of her vision of “a perfectly imperfect composition of ash and blood.” Karissma is also quite the wordsmith and I like the emotionally intense vibe, a sort of incandescent, poetic priestess-like energy, that she infuses into the stories she creates around her lovingly made pieces.

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