‘I was rich and famous but I was never free’
Teatum Jones always have a multi-layered story behind their collections, and there is usually something very dark at the heart of that story. When looking at their work just on the surface what we all see is an incredibly beautiful, expressive and innovative approach to womenswear. Scratch that surface just a little and you can start to reveal some of the twisted tales that inspire these sophisticated clothes.
For SS’15 Teatum Jones were inspired by the intricacies of Nina Simone’s life story. From the soundtrack, enhanced by a euphoric and moving gospel choir, to the hand embellished panels that reference the Methodist ministers of Simone’s childhood, to the seemingly abstract linear layout of panelling and embroidery detailing which actually references the visions Simone had of her husband’s organs outside of his body…
As always, Catherine and Rob have taken an intensive approach to realising their concept, rooted in their passion for exceptionally beautiful textiles- all of which have been specifically developed for this collection. Their signature use of jacquards has been enhanced with the application of bold perspex elements. The precious and delicate is offset and contrasted with hardy drills and twills and the unfinished yet considered use of raw edges.
Shapes are in places sculptural, and in others, close to the body, combining dense coverage as well as sheer sections and the beauty of surprisingly revealed skin.
Congratulations on yet another wonderful collection, Rob and Catherine!
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