Drawing inspiration from tribal practices and the elaborate hairstyles of Ancient Rome, this collection explores the idea of deception and self-representation. Though seemingly composed of natural materials, the intricate hairpieces are rendered in an artificial porcelain shell, a deception only visible on close inspection. Juxtaposing references to classic Roman busts as well as tribal body adornment, the headpieces play on the idea of ornament as a way to represent societal status in a modern context.
Porcelain, leather, brass, nylon | 2015
Text: Caroline Madden
Photography: Barney McCann (Swarovski project), Fiona Kakei Chong (product shot), Currisa Cheng (the rest)
Model: Alice Hurel (Swarovski project), Lucy Feng (the rest)