Apocalypse of Black Venom
Showcased at |FAT| Toronto Alternative Arts and Fashion Week 2011
“Mother Ocean”, “Revenge”, “Black Venom” are the words of the inhabitants of the post-apocalyptic Gulf of Mexico as they speak of the 2010 Apocalypse of Black Venom when the Mother Ocean was angry, and she revenged by erupting black venom for generations. APOCALYPSE OF BLACK VENOM is an imaginary tale of these inhabitants on their survival through vicious mutations, appearing strong and fierce in their protective exoskeletons, caused by the effects of the Apocalypse, and on how they reach their final destiny. It speaks of anger, fragility, struggle, and, at last, hope.
Precious and fragile things
Need special handling
My God, what have we done to you
We always tried to share
The tenderest of care
Now look what we have put you through
-“Precious” by Depeche Mode
In honouring the wildlife impacted by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, this collection of women’s nocturnal contemporary wear hopes to raise awareness of responsible consumption in petroleum as well as every Nature’s gift to us that we have taken for granted as commodity. Subsequently, our recklessness has caused much irreversible damages to our precious ecosystems.
With a controlled color palette, black accented with white, grey and dash of blue, DYSTROPOLIS’ designer Wendy Ng manifests a visual experience by mutating and redefining the female silhouettes that speak of strength and protection thus mystifying the Inhabitants’ mutation. Further, she emulates an emotional experience by juxtaposing diverse tactile experiences that mimics the Inhabitants’ emotional response to the Apocalypse. These tactile experiences include leatherette, crêpe, satin, mesh, lace, organza, Tyvek, vintage fabric, fabric remnant, vinyl, PVC, metal zippers, chains and buckles, and Swarovski crystals. One piece from this collection will be created mostly out of reclaimed sweaters.
photo| Ravi Vonawesome
jewelry| KO Designs
hair| Spellbound Hair Design
makeup| Make Up For Ever