The Imitation of Christ performance and installation was held on Saturday, September 8th at the Bortolami Gallery in Chelsea. Lead stylist David Cruz and his team created hairstyles from chignons and buns to loose curls and straight hair, using BaByliss PRO styling tools, including the Nano Titanium straightener, Nano Titanium curling iron and Portofino dryer.
This wasn't your traditional presentation, but then again the invitation did specify that "This is Not a Fashion Show". It was quite the opposite and didn't seem to be about the clothes at all. Media and photographers were abruptly rushed out before the presentation started so I know I only got a glimpse of the whole production. Models of all shapes, sizes and ages were focused on staring at themselves in individual antique mirrors, dressing and undressing down to nude leotards.
It felt like a version of Black Swan while staring into Snow White-like mirrors - utter chaos going on yet slightly eery and confusing. After seeing some images from the actual production, I'd add a little of Eyes Wide Shut in there. I think the theme was what you interpreted it to be, and from what I saw it looked like a female struggle between internal beauty and what the media depicts. It's about objectifying women and these women constantly looking in the mirror and looking for perfection, the way society expects them to appear.
Imitation of Christ designer Tara Subkoff
All photos by Jason Setiawan
- Kim Weling