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WRAP / UP
by Imruh Asha & Carlijn Jacobs
In an evolving artistic dialogue between stylist Imruh Asha and photographer Carlijn Jacobs, A Magazine presents ‘Wrap / Up’, the second instalment in a series of images that celebrate the very act of styling and the ephemeral nature of image-making as a purely aesthetic construct. In ‘Pin / Up’, Asha laid bare the tricks of the trade, highlighting the way clips and pins can distort the viewer’s perception of a garment. Here, his gaze turns to another sort of illusion – that of the cinematic shadow play of transparency created by layered veils and masks that distort the face through a game of repurposed textiles and up-cycled readymade elements.
Trained through Jacobs’ lens, Asha’s colourful expression combines traditional millinery and ready-to-wear pieces from Parisian houses such as Lanvin, Balenciaga and Alexandre Vauthier as a canvas for his in-situ assemblage of tulle piping, mesh and feathers, creating a strange tension of colour and form. Together, their vision evokes elegant couture gestures that appear both mysterious and playful at once – questioning the boundaries between body, garment, and ephemeral sculpture.
Photographer: Carlijn Jacobs
Stylist: Imruh Asha
Casting: Ikki Casting @ the art board
Hair: Yuji Okuda @ Artlist
Make-up: Manu Kopp @ Artlist
Stylist Assistants: Aroua Ammari and Anita Szymczak
Talent: Kim Schell @ Viva Paris
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