Paisley kimono with gold net stones

This garment by Raewyn Alexander and her daughter Geneva comforts the user, providing a means of shelter from harsh intolerable difficulties. Cloaks hold an ancient communication, conveying status and creed through colour, pattern and materials. Optimistic tones wrap the user in a positive glow, a shower of busy paisley forming a facade reminiscent of vines and trees. This is upbeat armour, intended to diffuse adversity by hiding in plain sight and cosiness. Gold netted clay ceramic stones are a talisman to protect the wearer, doubling as an elegant weapon in both the physical and spiritual realms. This garment is their interpretation of June Black's 'Costume in which to flee from intolerable difficulties into the security of illusion'.


Photographer: Fraser Chatham
Copyright: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 Licence
Designer: Raewyn Alexander and Geneva Alexander-Marsters
Manufacturing location: Grey Lynn, Auckland
Garment type: Cloak
Material: Vintage paisley cotton, antique silk kimono, stones
Label: Raewyn Alexander
Date: 2016