Wellard floral artists’ installation
A FUSION of floral and fashion will come to life as part of an installation created by Wellard floral artist Matthew Landers adorning the Claremont Quarter until December 2.
The spectacular 1.8m life-sized mannequins featuring about 2000 flowers will include a trailing gown made out of roses, leucospermum and orchids and take about 40 hours to complete.
Landers said he had drawn inspiration for the installation after a trip to London last year and visit to a Balenciaga exhibition.
“I went to the Balenciaga exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was completely in awe of the forms, colours and details embedded into the history of this iconic brand,” he said.
“I thought ‘how can I apply the beautiful shape and weight of fabrics along with master craftsmanship and apply it with fresh flowers?’.
“Floristry is much like fashion, with changing trends and fast-paced creativity. Like Balenciaga, you only become iconic if you start to create things with your skill that others can’t do as well as you.”
Enlisting the help of fashion lovers – real estate agent Emma Milner, fashion blogger Jenelle Witty, influencer Olivia Vlachou, stylist and designer Karolina Borkovic and socialite Melissa Graham – the four women will put the finishing touches on the piece.
“I want to show how something living and beautiful can be transformed into fashion and who better to stand alongside it than Perth's most fashionforward women,” he said.
Landers said visitors to the Quarter could expect to see a piece that was visually stimulating and something they would want to look at all day.
I wanted it to resemble everything summer – pretty pastel pinks, bountiful blooms and stunning design,” he said.
Landers will also hold a pop-up florist at Claremont Quarter from December 3 until December 16 .
Floral artist Matthew Landers with Melissa Graham, Olivia Vlachou, Emma Milner, Jenelle Witty and Karolina Borkovic.