So usually when you hear the word prosthetic you would generally think of old people or ‘Greys Anatomy’, where prosthesis’s have become a way of life for Arizona. It is not a word which would conjure up the image of a fashion exhibition. However Irish designer Una Burke has done just that. You see the ancient Greek word Prosthetic meant to ‘add’, ‘advance’ or to ‘give power to’.
At the SHOWstudio in London Burke will be showcasing her installation where leather sculpture create it’s foundation. Her inanimate bodies engage the language of the physical gesture. Each limb is constructed from countless, beautifully bound leather straps and resemble orthopedic braces or suits of armour. While offering protection or support, they also suggest that the encased body is a fragile system. Burke will also release an exclusive film directed by SHOWstudio’s Head of Fashion Film Marie Schuller to coincide with the launch of the cabinet. The film sees her ordinarily motionless figure brought surreally and subtly to life.
If you have never witnesed Una Burke’s designs in real life & you so happen to be in London over the next month then this exhibition is a must see. Burke is one of our most unique fashion talents who pushes against the grain continously creating soemthing extraordinary every time. With clients such as Lady Gaga, Daphne Guinness & Rihanna Burke has the definite fashion seal of approval.
The Exhibition runs from: 18th April – 31st May 2013