YOU ARE INVITED
An Exhibition by Alexandra Groover and Roisin Dunne
PV: Thursday 18th April 2013. 7pm till late.
19th April -- 16th June 2013
32 -- 36 Kingsland Road
On Thursday April 18th, London designer Alexandra Groover and illustrator/artist Roisin Dunne unveil their first collaborative exhibit at DreamBagsJaguarShoes in Shoreditch. Taking inspiration from Groover's RESURRECTION AW13 collection and film as well as Dunne's mysterious occult imaginings, the long time friends and former Central St Martins classmates have taken over the bar in its entirety, transforming it into a dream-like, curtain-swathed seance room. Completely consumed by Dunne's beautifully drawn sigil wallpaper patterns, the walls provide the perfect backdrop for her series of drawings of detailed portraits of Groover wearing "resurrected" key pieces from past Alexandra Groover collections. Emerging from the ceiling are what appears to be several black apparitions, which upon closer inspection are in fact several of Groover's dresses draped elegantly from the ceiling by their skirt hems.
On the ground floor, table tops metamorphose into custom designed Ouija boards, adorned with planchette-shaped candle holders and large bouquets of white lilies that sip the black ink from their vases. As the stereo plays a specially curated playlist by RESURRECTION soundtrack musician Dave.i.d, guests are invited to the bar to drink "Vital Fluid," a revitalising concoction created by the JaguarShoes Collective, which is part of the signature cocktail list that has been created for exhibition. In the basement, guests can watch Groover's short film cycle of BIRTH, LIFE, DEATH, AFTERLIFE, and RESURRECTION in its entirety while they are waiting to have their auras photographed.
Additionally, all pieces will be available to purchase, as well as a selection of specially designed postcard books and other objects made in celebration of the exhibition, including planchette shaped candle holders and Ouija board table tops with matching placemats.
After studying at Central St. Martins and RISD, and working in the studios of Alexander McQueen and Zandra Rhodes, Alexandra Groover launched her first collection for Autumn Winter 2009. With press from
i-D, Dazed, Vogue.com, Harpers Bazaar and Grey, and collaborations with cult bands SunnO))), Dave.i.d and Bo Ningen, Groover has rapidly gained a strong following within the fashion, art and music industries.
"Alexandra Groover is a young designer whose jersey collection is both creative and wearable." Sir Paul
Smith, i-D Magazine
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After studying a BA in Fashion Design Womenswear at Central St Martins, Roisin went on to complete a Masters in Communication Art & Design at the Royal College if Art. Here she was allowed to fully explore the themes of the colour black and the occult, in which she still continues to draw inspiration from. She is currently based in London working as an artist with an ever growing private client base. In 2011 Ditto Press put out a retrospective book of Roisin's work called "Black Light"
JaguarShoes Collective is an arts organization that collaborates with illustrators, designers and brands to create beautiful and unique products, exhibitions and events. Famous for their ambitious and experiential shows across popular East London venues, DreamBags JaguarShoes and The Old Shoreditch Station, JaguarShoes Collective set the standard for originality.
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Video footage by Maya Art (email@example.com)
Makeup by Anna Iceland
Hair by Myo Myint
Performers Dave.i.d & Vasilisa Forbes