Vikram Valluri and I met at an art galleria in San Francisco, where he had a photo exhibit. Vikram’s photo style was perfect for what I had in mind as an editorial for the dress. With a brief conversation and bouncing ideas, we were both eager to work together. After, we curated this project and created a fashion film-like concept called 2200 Robo-Girl Soldier about a robot denying her programmer, escaping Silicon Valley, and now venturing into the streets of San Francisco. The film, Ex Machina inspired the concept.
All photos are owned by Vikram Valluri. Photos provided for permissible use
The dress was made after reading Pattern Magic by Tomoko Nakamichi. The book showcases multiple 3D designs in clothing made with flat pattern techniques. It was difficult to mimic the text; thus, I could not achieve by pattern making, but by draping fabric over shaped styrofoam. The use of black and white was meant to dramatize the aesthetic and create a distracting eye illusion. Initially, I wanted to shoot the dress in a room as dramatic as the body paint model. Subsequently, viewing the 2015 motion picture Ex Machina directed by Alex Garland and an independent fashion film made in San Francisco, Obsolete Model led by Warren Difranco, the idea changed to a more cinematic approach; a synoptic depiction of what fashion could be in the future.