Dress 09, Autumn Winter 2008 (T176)

Catalogue Record

Collection

Maker

Title

Dress 09, Autumn Winter 2008

Date

2008

Description

Long black grosgrain dress with laser cut front and printed fabric underneath, with shades of pink, and distorted images of the human body.

Materials and techniques

The Ottoman grosgrain was laser cut by K2 Associates Ltd, UK. The printed silk double georgette was printed by Print Unlimited in Horst, Netherlands. The invisible zip, wire support for neck, and sewing were all carried out by Marios Schwab studio, London.

Fibreglass mannequin.

Dimensions

Packed Length:  162cm
Packed Width:  68cm
Packed Height:  65cm

Object number

T176

Category

On view

Short term loan for display in Yinka Shonibare: Criminal Ornamentation, Arts Council touring exhibition at: Attenborought Arts Centre, Leicester 21/09/2018 - 16/12/2018 Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter 19/01/2019 - 16/03/2019 Longside Gallery, Wakefield 05/04/2019 - 16/06/2019 Southampton Art Gallery 28/06/2019 - 28/09/2019
  • Dress 09, Tom Gallant and Marios Schwab, 2008. Crafts Council Collection: T176. Displayed as part of the Crafts Council Exhibition The Yellow Wallpaper, at Danson House, Bexleyheath, 2012. ©Sophie Mutevelian

  • Dress 09, Tom Gallant and Marios Schwab, 2008. Crafts Council Collection: T176. Displayed as part of the Crafts Council Exhibition The Yellow Wallpaper, at Danson House, Bexleyheath, 2012. ©Sophie Mutevelian

  • Dress 09, Tom Gallant and Marios Schwab, 2008. Crafts Council Collection: T176. Displayed as part of the Crafts Council Exhibition The Yellow Wallpaper, at Danson House, Bexleyheath, 2012. ©Sophie Mutevelian

Maker's statement

The central theme for the Collection began with the novella by Charlotte Perkin Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper. I showed the first series of work based on William Morris' designs for wallpaper in September 2005. In 2007 Marios Schwab approached me to collaborate on his AW08 collection. The premise for the collection was the language of revealing and concealing, shown as a series of dresses revealing increasingly more of my designs and the model's bodies through subtle changes of a similar form. The collaboration proved to be fruitful as both of us have a shared passion for craft and use technology mixed with traditional skills. For myself, it was the excitement of working in someone else's field and finding the point where we could both learn from each other as well as maintain our unique vision. The dresses I am presenting to the Craft Council are the culmination in that seminal body of work and exemplify a true view of the nature of our collaboration and both our abilities. Furthermore they show a point in my own path where the freedom of the 'third mind' allowed me to experiment and learn from a dramatic change in scale of marks, images and of course dimension. Conceptually it was a perfect moment and relationship to explore what was a very natural step in the course of my ideas. It led to three subsequent collections and to a language I will continue to explore and learn from in greater and greater depth with Marios. It has also driven me to pursue the third dimension and technologies used in design in order to reach a point where I shall be able to work on future collections whilst maintaining a freer approach to seasonal deadlines.