The Release – Chorus’ third collection, is based around the physical and psychological idea of letting go – focusing on the feeling of release given when one dances.
Garments in this collection are extrapolations of ideas formed in response to a brief given by artist Rafaela Pandolfini. For her latest work ‘Loose With Pleasure’ Pandolfini grapples with the reciprocity of pleasure and pain explored through moments of being lost in movement. Pandolfi asked Chorus to create garments that allowed her subjects move wildly, freely and hedonistically.
These concepts of control and freedom prompted design investigations into asymmetric forms, wrapping, layering, pleating, contrasts of volume and tightness, as well as research into Judo uniforms, motifs and terminology. Stills from 1978 martial arts film ‘Heros of the East’ and vintage instructional magazines presenting movement frozen in time were of particular inspiration. As always at Chorus this research has been interpreted both in a highly considered and humorously off handed manor. Elements of the Judo uniform can be seen in soft suiting, tie fastenings and generous proportions. Literal motifs of judo men caught in motion are printed onto jersey styles and laser cut from multi coloured acrylic appearing in the form of jewellery, accessories and embellishment. Judo terminology reflecting physical or emotive characteristics is used to name each piece.
Chorus’ staple clean lines, refined finishes, combinations of matt and shine are worked into an unexpectedly bright colour palette of raspberry and tangerine offset by silver greys and grounded in ubiquitous black.