Whilst hand-painted leather jackets were absent from Claire Barrow’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion East show, these are what the young designer is best known for. Rediscover her signature DIY punk aesthetic in Petal, a fashion film from her residency at SHOWstudio.
In November 2012 Barrow created a bespoke leather jacket exclusively for SHOWstudio's LiveStudio to coincide with Nick Knight's Flora exhibition. The exhibition featured botanical prints and pioneering floral still lifes. For Barrow's LiveStudio she added acrylic roses, leaves and falling petals across a cropped leather jacket. The ten minute film provides an intimate insight into Barrow’s technique and shows Barrow discussing what roses symoblise for her and why the jacket reminds her of a gravestone for the single rose that inspired Petal. The LiveStudio also cameos The Horrors’ frontman, Faris Badwan, who models Barrow's biker in a shoot by Nick Knight.
The Flora project included two other craft-centric LiveStudios, one with milliner Piers Atkinson and the other with lingerie couturier Carine Gilson. Each LiveStudio created hand-made one-off pieces which are available to buy from SHOWstudio Shop.