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Prostitution Institution Exhibition by Trimapee

Only during the L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival could an original concept show like Trimäpee’s Prostitution Institution be considered typical. Typical in the sense of taking a concept and manipulating it to create something new, fresh, unique while at the same time making a statement. The concept being explored in designers Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci’s prostitution institution is that we are all in some way, in fact, prostitutes. Giving away a small part of ourselves in exchange for acceptance and a place in a mainstream dominated society. This was represented not only in the outfits worn by models, but by the eerily fascinating installations in matching attire, suspended at different heights along the cat walk, providing a twisted path for the models to walk.

The designs were all black, comprising of layers of black hooded jackets, scarves, netted shirts and retro bunched leather jackets differing not only in the articles comprising of the design, but in the way they were worn. Many jackets were worn upside down and back the front and scarves were wrapped almost completely around the models heads. All models wore hoods and had their faces obstructed by black sheaths, adding a sense of anonymity to the show. However it was the small differences in every design that makes it almost impossible to pick a stand out outfit for the night. Mentions need to be made to the sensational grid iron player like shoulder pads worn by some models, complemented by netted jumpers and executioner type hoods and to the incredibly fascinating way in which all the models and installations had their hands and feet bound tightly in black cloth, alluding to the main themes of isolation from one’s self and instead drawing attention to the layered designs of the outfits as opposed to accessories or even the models themselves. Trimäpee have once again produced an individual and eccentric show.

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Words – Alex Schleibs

Photography – Teagan Glenane

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