Úna Burke - The Void Between AW14
Since making her life-sized leather puppet for SHOWstudio in April 2013, Úna Burke has continued her research into human gesture and bodily movement and particularly in the art form of shadow puppetry and its various guises. So for AW14 the constructions and forms of her leather Waist Belts, Handbags, Body Accessories and Jewellery have all been inspired by the basic principles of light v’s dark, positive v’s negative, solid v’s translucent, shine v’s matt as so many of these factors come into play when considering the functioning and execution of shadow puppetry.
Lace and mesh-like architectural systems feature heavily in this collection along with three-dimensional overlap detailing and perforated patterns. Lines vary from angular to smooth with solid panels contrasting framed areas and particular attention paid to accentuating and emphasising the incredible contours of the female form.
Colours are rich and luxurious with deep Autumnal hues and warm Winter tones of Blueberry, Merlot, Honey and Tan. Metallics once again make an appearance in this collection with Pewter and Bronze used as highlights and details. Grey and Taupe bring a sense of light to the collection used in simple clutch styles and accessible cuffs. Silhouettes are relaxed yet body-conscious and as always, traditional leatherworking techniques have been used throughout, achieving Úna’s signature intricacies of construction and detailing while maintaining a fine luxury quality and finish.
Among Úna’s clients and collaborators are Daphne Guinness, Phillip Lim, Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games, Lady Gaga, The Simone Handbag Museum, Christina Aguilera, National Museum of Ireland, Ridley Scott Productions, Rihanna, 2012 Olympics, Madonna, i-D, Joyce Boutique, Dazed and Confused, Crafts Council of Ireland, Ozzy Osbourne, Dawn Richard, On Pedder, Heidi Klum, Panos Yiapanis, Elva, Nicki Minaj, Doda, Mert and Marcus, Charlene Muhlach, Unconditional, Haifa Wehbe, Judith Clarke, Anna Trevelyan, JLS, Robbie Spencer, LOVE magazine, Vogue Homme and SHOWstudio.
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Photography: Madam Peripetie, Styling: Stella Gosteva, Set Design: Andrew McGregor, Make-up: Marina Keri, Model: Alex Rose @ Select