Launching his eponymous line in 2005 (at the age of 18), Liberian-American unisex prodigy Telfar Clemens has developed — with remarkable fidelity — a brand and a design vocabulary which is uniquely democratic and strikingly original.
Laying the blueprint for today’s black avant-garde, TELFAR was genderless a decade before the trend, launching projects with a remarkably horizontal cultural impact, from collaborations with Solange Knowles at the Guggenheim Museum to designing the nationwide uniforms for over 10,000 employees of the fast-food chain White Castle. Original almost to a fault, TELFAR is in the business of creating the new, a business that has, from time to time, been called fashion. After winning the 2017 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, TELFAR seeks to carve out his place in America’s fashion future.
For our FW2019 presentation entitled COUNTRY, we are collaborating with the breakthrough playwright Jeremy O. Harris on an emotionally-charged presentation which combines theatre, music and fashion with a host of artists and performers. A cosmic monologue by O. Harris (a cross between Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” and the opening of The Big Lebowski) is accompanied by a soundscape by the artist/producer TOTAL FREEDOM. Models will emerge from a blindingly bright and flickering doorway on to a stage framed by an enormous American flag from which the center has been removed and placed on the ground to form a stage. The models approach the edge of the stage where they turn their backs to the audience before letting themselves fall into the arms of the audience. In a combination of a trust-fall and crowd surfing — each model is carried on the hands of the audience to the back of the venue — their journey forming the ‘runway’ portion of the show. Interspersed among the models are musicians from Dev Hynes to Kelela and Butch Dawson, who will perform vocal interludes over the music from their backs as they are carried on the hands of those assembled. The evening ends with a set by Steve Lacy (The Internet) dressed in the final look — followed by a DJ set by TOTAL FREEDOM — seamlessly transitioning the evening from runway to afterparty in one venue.
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