The latest ongoing performance is being held in the neoclassical hall of the Tate in London from March 22nd to October 7th. It is a collaboration between Spanish fashion designer and Loewe creative director Anderson, and Turner Prize-nominated British artist Hamilton. Each day of the week, one of seven costume designs will be chosen to be worn. A performer selects an outfit that they think most aligns with their mood that day. These spectacular outfits range from a monochrome stripe unitard reminiscent of a humbug, to a flared-leg all-in-one outfit replete with billowing white ruffled shirt, to an orange 70s patterned satin number. All costumes are finished with a giant helmet that is inspired by a squash or pumpkin, hence the production name. Hamilton supposedly got the idea from a (now lost) photograph she saw of a person dressed up as a vegetable.
“I love watching the dancers move in them, it’s so interesting. It’s really about watching your designs in a different way.”
Anderson used fibreglass to create the marrow helmets, upholstering them with quirky materials such as ostrich skin. For the costumes, he made use of a range of unusual materials too, like hand-painted leather. Speaking about seeing his designs on the performers, Anderson comments “I love watching the dancers move in them, it’s so interesting. It’s really about watching your designs in a different way.” Difference is certainly celebrated here. These are costumes that wouldn’t look out of place in a psychedelic performance of Alice in Wonderland.
All images © Seraphina Neville