WHITE WASH VERNER is a collection of easy, thoughtfully deconstructed street wear that gives a nod to Australian kitsch iconography. The collection explores the history of black memorabilia and the ‘white Australia policy’, which was finally dismantled in 1973. White Wash also references the historical use of lime and chalk as an application, which translates graphically throughout the collection.
During the research phase of the range, the studio looked into the work of American fashion designer Patrick Kelly who was the first person of colour to be admitted as a member of the Chambre Syndicale du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode (translated as: the Trade Union of Ready-to-Wear Fashion Designers) as well as contemporary Aboriginal Artist Destiny Deacon. Both artists use the iconography of black memorabilia in their works.
“It is my job as an Australian designer to look inward into this country’s history including areas of political correctness.” States VERNER.
VERNER continues to develop its unique take on street wear with the inclusion of decorated track suiting, oversized coats and quilted patterns. Colours are predominantly the positive and negative shades of white and black. Decorative details include embroidery, digital prints of white brush strokes, raised, non-slip dot prints and starched white cottons. The collection features a variation of prints including the words ‘White Wash’ plus a nod to a Destiny Deacon and the use of dolls in her sculpture and photography.
“I generally enjoy playing with the proportions of street wear archetypes; the short, t-shirt and pant. I deflated them this season by crossing over the softness and the freedom found in children’s wear. There is a real anti-bourgeois feel to this collection, still playful and relaxed, just like the way we live in Australia.” States VERNER.
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