Citing a recent exhibition in Ireland that featured Jackie nickerson’s photographic essay Farm alongside 18th century Old Master paintings as influence, Simone Rocha transmuted the image of a very specific piece of art, entitled “The Catholic Girls” by Irish artist William John Leech, into what is her spring summer 2017 collection. Rocha transcended the photographed agricultural workers into works of fashionable art displacing an atmosphere of physical toil to something more airy and aspirational through tulle and the creation of her own white and black broderie anglaise.
“I wanted to take those land girls from the farm and bring them to a pure place.” – Simone Rocha
The thematic scheme couldn’t be more fitting than to have the runway staged at Southwark Cathedral where models walked down stone aisles in distorted and yet breathtaking takes on communion dresses, wedding and baptismal gowns that were created using miles of sheer silk organza and of course lace. Although usually known for frills and florals, there were utilitarian elements thrown into the design mix mainly seen through raincoats and the way garments were wrapped and tied.
Scroll through to view the details Rocha took in putting beautiful things together only to take them apart while managing to make the undone and disheveled look as effortlessly graceful as ever…