New York-based fashion gallery Waves and Archives launches with a Sinéad O'Dwyer solo show, called In Myself. Waves and Archives aims to bring fashion into the same academic discourse as art, providing a nurturing environment for fashion makers to operate as contemporary artists and explore fresh creative concepts. Kicking off this enterprise, emerging designer Sinéad O'Dwyer’s exhibition comprises pieces from her previous collections–including graduate collection 23:19:26 and S/S 20's Martina–and a brand new piece created for an upcoming performance at the V&A.
The London-based fashion designer has gained notoriety for her wearable sculptures: each piece she creates is made bespoke with silk, silver, and silicone, the shape forged with the help of fibreglass moulds to emulate and celebrate the unique curves of the female form. O’Dwyer’s designs were also recently featured in a creative collaboration with SHOWstudio. In the project Maenads, Nick Knight shot her S/S 20 collection and Rei Nadal directed a fashion film capturing the pieces in motion.
O'Dwyer’s work raises important concepts regarding self-image, voyeurism and the body. In Myself therefore kicks off the first of many important academic fashion discussions Waves and Archives hope to prompt in its nomadic gallery function.