TELFAR’s Fall/Winter 2019 collection, COUNTRY, a collaboration with playwright Jeremy O. Harris, offered an experience, which touched upon each of the five senses, awakening the sixth sense, the space of pure potential latent within us all.
The show at Irving Plaza was a brilliant amalgamation of music, theatre, fashion, art, crowd-surfers and White Castle Crave Cases.
“Become a queer, Liberian-American eighteen year old, travel back to 2004 and establish a 100% unisex fashion line in New York City. Try to make clothes that do not exist on the market — just as you don’t exist in the world.”
“Try to make pure garments without the ornament of gender, race, class; high and low; male or female. Don’t have any money. Find your inspiration from not just the best clothes but the most clothes: the material reality of clothes, as a flow of communication, as a form of pollution; be as inspired by Old Navy as Helmut Lang.”
“Persist for a decade despite being ignored. If the road is closed to you — cut a new one. If you can’t get into stores, get into museums. Design the uniforms for 10,000 employees of White Castle. Win the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. Keep your family close, ignore the bullshit. Good luck — lot’s of love.”
Borders between gender, culture, race, generation, fashion trends and sexuality blurred as TEFLAR’s COUNTRY opened a portal into the singularity, by offering a return to our true nature, devoid of nation. Atonement found through our at-one-ment, a new space born.
#photography Marija Nova for The Know Culture
In Celebration of Black Future(s) Month , show credits :
In collaboration with Jeremy O Harris
#Choreography Xavier Cha
#Music Total Freedom
#PedalSteel Robert Randolph
#Performances : Oyinda, Butch Dawson, Na-Kel Smith and Ho99o9
#Supported by SLAM JAM
#Styling Avena Gallagher
#SpecialBookings Nick Hadad
#Communications Gia Kuan
#ScenicDesign And/Or Forever
#Scenic & #LightingProduction BLT
#Dancers Quentin Stuckey, Alonzo Blanco, Kellian Delice, Dylan Crossman
#Hair Shingo Shibata x Modern Original Products (MOP)
#Makeup Susie Sobel