To celebrate the Paris launch of HEROES, by Centre for Style and 3-ply, Jessie Kiely and Monica’s Gallery have invited London-based fashion stylist Hali Christou to enact a performance/presentation of new garments by Jessie Kiely. mummy has the bends again… expands upon ideas of Jessie’s last collection A Really Good Look, presented by Monica’s Gallery in collaboration with Centre for Style and 3-ply at TarraWarra Museum of Art in Melbourne, Australia.
HEROES conflates the artist book and fashion magazine. Often the most conceptually-driven moment of the runway, a ‘hero look’ serves as a signpost for a designer’s signature style, rather than quotidian wearability. Contributors to HEROES were invited to assemble visceral manifestations of subjectivity through self-fashioned hero looks, and to approach fashion design as a narrative of fanfiction, identifying as readers or fans of their own canon to generate a character or caricature of personal style. The inaugural issue of HEROES includes the feature ‘The Banquet’, by Monica’s Gallery and Jessie Kiely, which appropriates the fanfiction trope as a codified lookbook, spiraling through elaborate sub-plots and philosophical digressions on nested human artefacts.