Kitchen Roll Couture

Kitchen Roll Couture

Only at an Antoni & Alison presention would rows of kitchen paper rolls (emptied) adorned with bits of printed paper alongside silk dresses, make complete and utter sense.  Only in the world of Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts do the words "The kitchen paper roll is our girl this season!"  Blue Peter presenters of past and present would be ever so proud to look at these paper tubes draped with paper and put to good use.  Someone needs to help my mum out with her addiction to keeping empty margerine tubs.  Maybe Antoni and Alison will know what to do with them.  To be serious though, Antoni and Alison saw a parallel proportion between the kitchen roll tube and the height of a mannequin so that when they applied the smaller bits of paper printed with photographs of all manners of found textures and textiles and then blew them up to human sized proportions, they became perfectly formed dresses.

The duo have been using photo printing for a while now but this season, it's the depth of the photographed textiles that really astonishes you.  The trompe l'oeil effect of seeing a photo print of draped and folds of olive taffeta on a silk dress is a convincing illusion.  Likewise, sequins look like they are really shining in 3-D form, denim does look like it's bunching up at the bust and the cross-stitched seams of a checked blanket do look they're physical stitches on a bat-winged dress.  The jig is up when you touch the actual garments and when you spot things such as photographic representation of the staples which were used to "pin" the pieces of paper on to the kitchen rolls.  In the world of Antoni & Alison, staples along with kitchen rolls are beautiful things.  Same goes for the surface of scourer pads, bits of broken tiles and loose ends of gold trims.  They're all photographed meticulously and printed onto their A/W 13-4 collection of dresses and skirts and you're none the wiser because of the way photographic prints on silk completely obscure the humble beginnings of these fabric compositions which Antoni & Alison have created.  A print of a piece of bright green electrical tape holding a fold of a piece of tweed down in a long empire line gown is as valid a design feature as any bit of wizard drapery or fine beading.  It's a round about way of preserving textiles, in a similar vein to the way Katerina Jebb's photographs of scanned garments printed as panels in Acne's A/W 13-4 collection.  Except funnier.    Because scourer pads and kitchen rolls are involved.  




A&A AW13 DRESS 20a Tweed & Petals
A&A AW13 DRESS 22 Grey folded check






A&A AW13 DRESS 23a Poor Check
A&A AW13 DRESS 24 Draped Green






A&A AW13 DRESS 27 Tapestry & Tape
A&A AW13 DRESS 28 Flitter Abstract



A&A AW13 DRESS 15 Bead & Blanket
A&A AW13 DRESS 16 Green Boucle & Flower


Pop along to Antoni & Alison's store in Clerkenwell at the moment and you shall find a summer appropriate explosion of sparkle, crayola scribbles, floral scrawls and lashings of colour as their S/S 13 25th anniversary collection of silk dresses and fun knits are available right now.  I couldn't resist getting in on the exuberance of it all.  Antoni & Alison's dual personality is once again at play on the dress that I picked (and it was a tough choice from what's in-store at the moment) as the front is adorned with giant spangly brooches representing the more flamboyant Antoni and the back of it is streaked with subtle washes of colour and thin strokes of pink that are meant to look like pleats, which is more of Alison's thing.  





IMG_4219Worn with a permanently attached-to-me silver pleather Pushbutton ensemble from, Karen Walker Orbit sunglasses and Miista shoes



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  1. Emily Whitehall

    2013-04-29 at 1:40 PM

    Such an interesting collection! You look amazing x

  2. laststraggler

    2013-04-29 at 1:44 PM

    Cool I thought Antoni and Alison were mainly about graphic tees- which I loved! Pleasantly surprised by this collection (miss working down the rd from their London store in Clerkenwell)

  3. Royal Wang

    2013-04-29 at 2:06 PM

    Crazy Patchwork

  4. clara

    2013-04-29 at 2:08 PM

    the prints are absolutely fantastic and a little bit childish 🙂

  5. FripperyVintage

    2013-04-29 at 3:23 PM

    These are amazing, you really do a double take when looking at these, the quality is so high.

  6. Well P.

    2013-04-29 at 4:10 PM

    very inspiring <3

  7. Kira Sherrine

    2013-04-29 at 4:22 PM

    Ohhhh This is nice. Brilliant concept of putting motion, huge wovens, and 3D unto a flat, tightly woven, and 2D surface. Thank you for the info on Antoni and Alison.

  8. Taylor M

    2013-04-29 at 7:13 PM

    Beautiful textures, colors, and prints 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration

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    2013-04-29 at 8:01 PM

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  10. The Provoker

    2013-04-29 at 11:00 PM

    I like the kitchen roll presentation, lately I’ve really gotten into Japanese product and packaging designs, and new ways to market fashion items, this is cute and very fitting!
    xx The Provoker

  11. Ritika

    2013-04-30 at 12:50 AM

    Loved the dresses and all the pictures!!

  12. milex

    2013-04-30 at 1:03 AM
  13. No Debutante

    2013-04-30 at 4:46 PM

    I love Antoni and Alison!!! Love the dresses and tops with the scribbles, I love it when they do this. I currently have one of their scribble purses and I love it!

  14. Helen

    2013-04-30 at 9:37 PM

    Oooh I might start spicing up my kitchen by dressing up my kitchen roll haha. Love each and every one of them
    Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare 🙂

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