Flow­ers and fash­ion in fu­sion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Style - With Belinda Cipri­ano

A FU­SION of flo­ral and fash­ion has come to life as part of an in­stal­la­tion cre­ated by Perth flo­ral artist Matthew Lan­ders adorn­ing the Clare­mont Quar­ter since Novem­ber 26.

The spec­tac­u­lar 1.8m life-sized man­nequins with about 2000 flow­ers fea­ture a trail­ing gown made out of roses, leu­cosper­mum and or­chids, and took about 40 hours to com­plete.

Lan­ders said he had drawn in­spi­ra­tion for the in­stal­la­tion fol­low­ing a trip to Lon­don last year and visit to a Ba­len­ci­aga ex­hi­bi­tion.

“I went to the Ba­len­ci­aga ex­hi­bi­tion at the Victo- ria 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 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,” Lan­ders said.

“Flow­ers evoke such an emo­tion in all of us, I can only imag­ine how flow­ers and fash­ion all in one within Perth’s fash­ion cap­i­tal Clare­mont Quar­ter will make these beau­ti­ful women feel.”

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,” he said.

“Pretty pas­tel pinks, boun­ti­ful blooms and stun­ning de­sign.”

Lan­ders will also hold a pop-up florist at Clare­mont Quar­ter from yes­ter­day to De­cem­ber 16.

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Flo­ral artist Matthew Lan­ders. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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