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Friday, January 20, 2012
Jillian Maslow: the talented, the amazing, the wonderful. Article & photosByK.K.W
Walk down the right street in New York City and you can find anything. At the time, it was Wall street, the "No Comment" exhibition in support of the "Occupy Wall street" protesters(Oct 2011). Before then I wouldn't have thought 48 lb's of bullets and 'dog tags' could be made into a gown; but then again Jillian Maslow is no ordinary designer, or woman for that matter.
The Amazing Jillian Maslow.
Photo by K.K.W
'Target:Peace'(the gown in question)was by far the most interesting, innovative, engaging piece at the exhibition. A perfect expression of style and social commentary. "Based in NYC, Jillian designs art which provokes awareness and thought, through unconventional means". You can see in Maslows creations the same inventiveness, creative impulse, and daring of Charles Frederick Worth, Caroline Reboux, Coco Chanel, Amy Goodheart, Sanja Velickovic, Erin Schultz, Olga Mill, Adrianne Carney, or Melani Dimitrovska.
Her gown 'Target:Peace' in many ways is a visual representation of the great changes that came about between W.W1 & W.W2, and after the second. Many great changes in society and fashion are often the result of war. Her gown proposes an inventive non-violent use for ammunition, which I've seen in slight ways before, but never as cool and sexy as this. Of course you can also see the spirit of the late twentieth century fashion: 'The spectacle'. 'Don't Fret', another gown is made of 2,531 guitar picks and a lot of brass. Its inspired by a 1930 bias silk gown. The look is stunning as it is some-what revealing, stylish and powerful. The color choice of the picks and the material their made of works with the design, allowing its color to be slightly altered by the light hitting its surface.
Aside from all this there's a highly sensual undercurrent to Maslow's 'sculptural gowns', a playfulness seeking to draw you into a fantastic world were art, fashion, political/social commentary, and sex intersect and become one. And then of course there's the music connection, lets not by-pass that. "Art is the reason, art is the way". Jillians designs also include millinery confections-'love owl's, fox heads, olives, tomatoes, articulated gloves, and many more'. Her amazing hats run the spectrum from casual-cool to the spectacular, but always with great care, design and style. Jillian Maslow is without a doubt one of New York's finest. A truly talented, amazing, beautiful, extraordinary woman.
"With a background in custom couture tailoring and millinery, Jillian's avant•garde creations take the form of 3-dimensional assemblages blending couture fashion silhouettes, precision craftsmanship and common objects with powerful themes.
Two sculptural gowns recently exhibited in NYC galleries include, 48lbs of bullet shells & dogtags in 'TARGET:PEACE!' and 2,351 guitar picks linked together in 'DON'T FRET'. Her millinery confections include love owls, fox heads, olives, tomatoes, articulated gloves, and many more! JiLLiANMASLOWhats.com.
In 2012 look for Jillian's hats in Marie Claire magazine (Spring 2012 issue, 2 hats), and 8 new hats featured on Lifetime's 24 Hour Catwalk. Jillian's costumes are also featured in the eagerly anticipated music video by THIS IS FIREHORSE (Leah Siegel)". If you would like to know more, go to:www.jillianmaslow.com "Art is the reason, art is the way" #1&2 taken from Jillian Maslow's website.