Culture Now: Mary Katrantzou at the ICA

The forward-thinking fashion designer collaborates with artist Pablo Bronstein for his dance performances at the ICA as well as appearing in a talk for their Culture Now series

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London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou will be collaborating with artist Pablo Bronstein for his upcoming exhibition at the ICA opening today, Wednesday 8th. For the exhibition, Bronstein has visually taken over the entire building with artwork through to dance performances which Katrantzou has created the stunning costumes for.

Of the collaboration, Katrantzou says: "It was a great challenge to design the costumes for the performances that Pablo Bronstein has choreographed for ICA's retrospective exhibition of his work: Sketches of Regency Living. Drawing upon Pablo's previous work "Drapes in the William Kent Style" and the "Horological Promenade", the costumes will be juxtaposed with Pablo's set, a painting inspired by London's Regency history.

The prints are stylised in their representation of the dancers' energy on stage and the duality in the nature of their dancing. In the morning performance the dancer is "a ball of energy" in gold gilded clock work that has an androgynous cut and is robust in its gold excessive nature. In contrast, for the evening performance, the vulnerability of the dancer is represented by the ballet costume that lends its fluidity to the drapes it depicts and creates a sense of voyeurism through the window that frames the dancer's torso."

The ICA will also be hosting a talk with Katrantzou as part of their Culture Now talks, where the designer will be in a lunch time conversation with Prof Louise Wilson, Head of M.A Fashion at Central St.Martins to discuss her collaboration with Pablo Bronstein for the exhibition Pablo Bronstein: Sketches for Regency Living and her recent history as an emerging fashion designer - 10 June 2011, 1.15pm

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