We all remember ‘The Falling Man’, the press picture photographed by Richard Drew on probably the darkest day in US history nearly 10 years ago. Taken during the attacks of 9/11, it shows a man on its way down from one of the twin towers, plummeting through the air.
Regarding the social and cultural significance of ‘The Falling Man’, theologian Mark Thompson according to wikipedia said that ‘perhaps the most powerful image of despair at the beginning of the twenty-first century is not found in art, or literature, or even popular music. It is found in a single photograph.’ And now in fashion, too.
The questions ‘Escape or imprisonment?’ and ‘Flying or falling?’ have preoccupied Indian designer Monikh Dale during the process of creating her BA collection at the University of East London. Called ‘A fish may love a bird but where would they live?’, the collection comes in tough and rigid, but light and peaceful fabrics that have the essence of innocence with a harsh reality.
Large, dramatic shapes are peeled away to the harsh-boned core and warm dusk pinks are mixed with a palette of grey concrete and steel, reflecting the inspirations and printed onto sheers against the mixed textures of exotic ostrich and frog that is combined with English sheepskin.
Monikh, how did this rather unusual collection name come about?
I came across this saying ‘A fish may love a bird but where would they live?’ a while ago and thought it was just beautiful. I love the fact that every time I tell someone the name of the collection they try to answer the question within the name.
What is your design signature?
I love structuring and tailoring as well as mixing fabrics and textures through flattering paneling.
What materials did you use in your collection?
Rabbit, pig, lamb, sheep, heavy wools and silk jersey.
What is your favourite piece of the collection and why?
The black jacket with leather paneling and pleat pockets. It possibly took the longest to pattern cut.
What have you had for breakfast?
I always manage to miss breakfast, I simply don’t have enough time in the morning.
Thank you and all the best for your future.