Undies Monday: Zana Bayne Leather
Leather body harnesses may not fall into the "undies" category for most people, but designer Zana Bayne has a history with fashion editorial and runway that prove her pieces transcend the typical niche market for bondage-inspired accessories. For the past three seasons she has worked with Prabal Gurung on accessories for his runway presentations (seen above, right) and her work has been featured in Vogue Italia, Vogue Japan, i-D, Interview and Karl Lagerfeld's book of portraits Little Black Jacket. It's no surprise fans include Lady Gaga and Madonna.
For her Fall 2012 collection Bayne is putting on a multimedia presentation at the CATM Gallery in New York this week.
"These new bondage-inspired pieces will be presented through collaborative works in photo, video, and installation by Zana Bayne, Char Alfonzo, Maxime Buchi, and Adrian Wilson. The harnesses, absorbing the sensual connotations that leather evokes, act as more than a garment becoming charged objects. They transcend function to imply something more intimate about the wearer exuding subtle eroticism with inherent notions of power and submission."
The collection took inspiration from the Kutna Hora bone church in Prague and Dia de los Muertos decorations in Mexico, translated in both literal and abstract ways. Graphic statements like an oversized sugar skull, a full-body skeleton piece and harnesses that echo the shape of the vertebrae take attention off the body and onto the body of work.