19th century girls wander through the British moor chasing last pale sunbeams of a bleak Summer afternoon. Two small puddles, one black and one white, follow them from a distance, rolling and barking among the midnight flowers.
Fusing haute couture fantasies with the aesthetic elements of Victorian era, Elena Dawson approaches fashion with beautiful extravagance. Her divine attention to details shows through each embellishments, frayed seams and fabric strips artistically hanging from the garments. Dawson imbues into clothing her own life experiences and the zeitgeist of present times, while paying homage to the theatricality of the past without resorting to costumes. For the Summer season she worked with a range of fine silks, raw linens and crispy cotton all sourced in England and manufactured in-house. Loosly tailored pants are paired with deconstructed jackets that could have belonged to Baudelaire or Thomas Gray, while monumental skirts wrap the female body in clouds of tulle and shiny silk, fastened at the waist with long ribbons. Deceptively Simple, the prudish nature of the styles might give the appearance of propriety, but secret details and dramatic finishings express the poetic, and subtly sensual, nature of the clothing. In the half way point between dark and light live Elena Dawson‘s ladies and lords, trapped like ghosts into an ethereal world of memories and daydreams.