In the heart of New York, a new kind of fashion week has set the tone. Marina Abramovic has partnered up with Riccardo Tisci to create a different kind of show.
A multi symbolic performance took place on a pier on September 11th, in the middle of a reconstructed Brazilian Favela. The music represented all the religions, starting with the Jewish Anthem and ending with the Ave Maria. Five artists were performing on the top of the structures, overseeing the Hudson. But the novelty was that a hundred of commoners were able to attend the show.
The definition of this event was an idea of love and peace. Marina Abramovic is an artist seeking immaterial presence through inner concentration and energy flow. A complex process she transposed into the show.
Seasons passing by and clothing evolving every six months mean there is a possibility for spiritual transformation. And symbols such as a ladder, were part of the performances to evoke ascension to higher realms of consciousness.
The scenery of the fashion show was a pretext to introduce a message of universal forgiveness. The gathering of thousands of people on September 11th (whether or not it was a coincidence), a favela, symbols of spiritual growth and powerful religious melodies all at once counterbalanced the runway and made of this event an approachable, cultural phenomenon.
There’s a glimpse of hope in this event. Within the last decade, designers behind their intricate work with fabrics and buttons have had meaningful content to express. An association with an artist maybe the key to vehicle deep and profound messages. Discovering art other than by going to a gallery or a museum seems to be a prospect worth exploring.
Marina Abramovic, the artist, on the meaning of the show: