To coincide with menswear collections, SHOWstudio Shop is delighted to be able to make artworks by Hormazd Narielwalla available for sale. Narielwalla uses bespoke tailoring patterns from a variety of sources to create these intricate collages. Reading each pattern's web of lines, dots and numbers as complex traces of the human body, Narielwalla is heavily influenced by cubism and abstraction.
The works at SHOWstudio are composed from the tailoring patterns featured in Le Petit Echo de la Mode, a popular domestic fashion magazine published in Paris between 1897 and 1983. For efficiency’s sake, the publication layered life-sized templates of entire garments onto a single sheet of paper. Predating Futurism and prefiguring Cubism, these patterns abstracted the body to a degree more radical and precise than the highest aspirations of the 1912 manifetso Du Cubisme. It is the precise relationship of these patterns to their human counterpart that so fascinates Narielwalla and forms the fundamental basis of his work.