Here at P&P, we invite creatives to engage in cross medium collaboration. The fashion industry involves many facets, from design to styling, make up, hair and photography. One thing we’ve really wanted to push this year has been fashion film, an emerging genre that encourages collaboration beyond the realms of just one discipline. Hats off then, to Simon Peters, a Fashion Textiles graduate from LCF who has put together a new film, HOST, based on his AW14 collection.
More than a simple advertisement for his collection, Simon really uses fashion film to convey a central theme and focus. The moving image has been used to investigate a little deeper. ‘HOST is a material based research project that was developed into a fashion film for my AW14 The Atilla Saga collection’ says the designer. The intention of the film is to explore Morgellons and Lyme disease, an affliction that often escapes public consciousness. Inspired by former model and dancer Laura Cherry, the film tells the story of a woman suffering from the disease. Beyond just showcasing a collection of clothing, the film has another intention.
The disease itself is rare and often mystified, something that clearly fired Simon’s imagination when story boarding his film. Symptoms include mysterious objects and fibres of man made origin that extrude from the skin, wiry brittle hair, and a weak immune system. Without any medical recognition of Morgellons it is very difficult to find a treatment for the symptoms, says Simon. There’s still no cure for the disease and so he hopes to raise awareness of it with his body of work. ” The aim is to build awareness of the disease through a fashion outlook in an attempt to help the Morgellons community and its researchers at The Charles Holman Foundation,” says Peters.
Experimenting with materials including wire, metal objects, magnets and plastic was a part of creating the collection and then the film.Close up shots of the material make up the sequence of images, interspersed with longer takes of the the ‘host’ herself. The film takes on an other worldly, sci fi feel that is symbiotically beautiful and grotesque.