Photos: Katherine Lowe
The Standard Hotel was the venue for Tim Hamilton's presentation tonight, where he imagined uniforms for a future dystopian world. Considering the rigmarole to get through the door, that dystopian world didn't feel all that far off.
Inside, a row of tattooed boys and girls stood at attention, perched on gold-soled black wedge boots behind a thin white line. The immediate feeling was of computer generated humanoids, in disproportionate outfits that blended cropped knits with fiercely tapered pants. Every five minutes, a fresh batch of robotic youth filed in to take their place. The show notes suggested Aldous Huxley, but the choreography was all Tron: Legacy.
Ross Bleckner collaborated on the prints, which came as a graphically colourful respite from the all-pervasive black, grey, maroon and drab found throughout. In splashes of orange, red, sky blue and yellow, they were the highlights of what was otherwise a rather strange and disjointed collection. But perhaps that was the point. Dystopian worlds are hardly known for their marvellous fashions.
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