Marianne Fassler: Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

The MARIANNE FASSLER Johannesburg SS16/17 collection asks Where Have All the Flowers Gone.

Marianne Fassler
Julia Otobo for MARIANNE FASSLER SS16/17. Photograph by Paul Samuels. Art Direction by Lezanne Viviers & Rich Fumani Mnisi (Stylist).

In the MARIANNE FASSLER SS16/17 collection, vintage military clothing (a recurring theme in Fassler’s work), playfully interacts with prints reminiscent of paper cut outs and collage, a naïve escape from the harsh realities. The design team at Leopard Frock originated most of these prints.

This range is a reaction to the current zeitgeist. It explores border crossing and migration, globalisation and disenfranchisement. The range also crosses inter disciplinary borders, where design and craft meets art.

The disruption of print, texture and silhouette is always present in the signature Leopard Frock garments, but this year, it seems to be on steroids… somehow not making sense, yet always relevant and current.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Bianca Abigail Smit, Huawa Dauda & Julia Otobo for MARIANNE FASSLER SS16/17. Photograph by Paul Samuels. Art Direction by Lezanne Viviers & Rich Fumani Mnisi (Stylist).

The visually arresting project embodies complex relations between genres and people. It is representative of creative and social encounters shaped by hands, and aims to create a thought-provoking set of ideas around the multiple decisions taken to produce different creative and social encounters, particularly around border crossing and migration, globalisation and disenfranchisement.

Border Crossing, as the broader symbolic influence within the project, was first explored in a collaboration with Zimbabwe-based jewelry design company, MARIGOLD beads and subsequently launched at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. This collaboration is inspired by Burundi artist, Serge Alain Nitegeka, whose powerful work deals with the same topics of disenfranchisement, border crossing and migration as with the MARIANNE FASSLER SS16/17 to form a well-crafted and designed project.

Visit the Leopard Frock website for the complete LookBook as well as other Marianne Fassler and Leopard Frock collections.

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