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Spotlight On_ Katy Mason

Katy Mason takes a step beyond her acclaimed upcycled jewelry, weaving both accidental and deliberately maimed objects into an intricate web of newfangled womenswear.  Her designs bring forth new meaning to the word broken - creating desire in the disposed.

MODELS_ SAMSARA (MILK MODELS)

/ MALENA (ANTI-AGENCY)

PHOTOGRAPHY_ ANA GARCIA

STYLING_ CLEMENTINE SAGLIO

HAIR_ ADAM GARLAND

Traditionally Katy Mason, an artist in residence at the Sarabande Foundation, upcycles trash and other found objects into jewelry. But for this Display Copy exclusive, the designer and stylist Clementine Saglio have collaborated on Mason’s first foray into womenswear. Where trash meets jewelry, meets clothing, meets sculpture.

Strung on “invisible” webs of fishing wire and draped across the body, the garments naturally tangle and morph into a different form of their original state. Taking on a new lease of life, an irony given their original disposal.

Katy is currently selling her range of accessory clips at the Independent Designer’s store, 50m London. An extension of her “Fragile Rage” collection where defective or disused objects are purposefully smashed and broken further - a way of releasing cathartic “rage”. The broken pieces are then delicately worked into, cared for and curated with other leftover pieces of mechanics, electronics, beach findings and broken jewelry to produce something with a “fragile” aesthetic. 

MALENA WEARS_ BRA_ ASSEMBLED WITH BEACH TRASH, BROKEN VINTAGE JEWELRY, HEADPHONE JACK, TAMPON APPLICATOR, CHIP FORK, CLOTHES TRIMMINGS AND BROKEN CHANDELIER CHAIN PARTS (ALL STRUNG ON FISHING WIRE)_ KATY MASON / UPCYCLED JEANS_ E.L.V. DENIM

SAMSARA WEARS_ BODYSUIT_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST'S ARCHIVE / SOCKS_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST'S ARCHIVE / SHOES_ DRAPED AND WRAPPED IN BROKEN VINTAGE AND SECOND-HAND JEWELRY, BEADED NECKLACES AND BROKEN ELECTRONICS_ KATY MASON

FEATURED THROUGHOUT: SAMSARA WEARS_ TOP_ ASSEMBLED WITH BEACH TRASH, ALCOHOL TRASH, GLASSES LENS AND BROKEN ELECTRONICS_ KATY MASON / TANK TOP_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE / BRIEFS_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE

MALENA WEARS_ SKIRT_ ASSEMBLED WITH BELT BUCKLES, STREET TRASH, BROKEN JEWELRY, PROSECCO WIRE, BROKEN EARRINGS/SPRINGS/PLASTIC_ KATY MASON / UNDERWEAR_VINTAGE_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE

SAMSARA WEARS_ TOP_ ASSEMBLED WITH BEACH TRASH, ALCOHOL TRASH, GLASSES LENS AND BROKEN ELECTRONICS_ KATY MASON / TANK TOP_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE / BRIEFS_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE

MALENA WEARS_ BRA_ ASSEMBLED WITH BEACH TRASH, BROKEN VINTAGE JEWELRY, HEADPHONE JACK, TAMPON APPLICATOR, CHIP FORK, CLOTHES TRIMMINGS AND BROKEN CHANDELIER CHAIN PARTS (ALL STRUNG ON FISHING WIRE)_ KATY MASON / UPCYCLED JEANS_ E.L.V. DENIM

SAMSARA WEARS_ BRA_ ASSEMBLED WITH BEACH TRASH, BROKEN VINTAGE JEWELRY, HEADPHONE JACK, TAMPON APPLICATOR, CHIP FORK, CLOTHES TRIMMINGS AND BROKEN CHANDELIER CHAIN PARTS (ALL STRUNG ON FISHING WIRE)_ KATY MASON / TANK TOP_ VINTAGE_ STYLIST’S ARCHIVE / UPCYCLED JEANS_ E.L.V. DENIM