The inspiration behind DCA’s AW16 Rae of Light print collection stems from artist Fiona Rae's 2003 selection of paintings called Hong Kong Garden. From the moment I clapped eyes on these beauties I fell in love with her work.
Layers of an inter-galactic storms; spraying constellations of toxic colour; stencilled letters; graffiti, smudgy brushstrokes and comic book patterns jostle for the eye in each canvas.Jennifer Higgie art critic perfectly sums up Hong Kong Garden “Despite their appearance of breezy clarity, these are slow paintings, slow to make and slow to really see”. Although just a tiny fragment of Jennifer Higgies’ review, these words resonated with DCA, the embodiment of what we feel about slow fashion and its evolution. We love creating meaning and the story behind the clothes is as important to us as the clothes. So when Jennifer Higgie said; “Fiona Rae’s recent paintings embody this mix of depletion and possibility; they’re confusing and complicated and yet full of hope”; we knew we had to create a print of hope! Hope that the future of fashion adopts the circular economy in full – which means make – use – re-use.
DCA's favourite piece in the Hong Kong Garden collection is 'Tsunami' as seen below.
|Fiona Rae - segment of 'Tsunami' - part of the Hong Kong Garden collection|
|Deborah Campbell Rae Of Light Dress|
|Deborah Campbell Rae Of Light V Neck Dress|
|Deborah Campbell Rae Of Light Tee Top|