The Utopian Aviary is the beautiful and intriguing Autumn / Winter 2011/12 collection by À LA DISPOSITION. Talking about colours, styles and trends would do no justice to this collection. Its uniqueness is hidden within the meticulous realisation of its concept.
Uncanny volumes define the silhouette, reshaping the body’s outline and transcending it to a hybrid life form, the avian woman. The Utopian Aviary is inspired by birds, the seabirds living in colonies, yet in solitude, living in a seemingly serene world of tranquillity on the coastlines and the fjords, always confronting the inevitable cruelty of nature. The beauty of their presence in the backdrop of an idealistic backdrop conceals the violence in their everyday life. Hunting pray, living, breeding and violently dying. Beauty and despair.
The Utopian Aviary confronts the idealistic Arcadian utopia one sees in a beautiful painting or a carefully framed photograph of birds in astonishing colours and shapes, a picturesque imagery systematically concealing reality. The collection by À LA DISPOSITION incorporates fragments of the extravagant forms and colours of birds, meticulously shaping garments to astonishingly unexpected voluminous pieces on the margin of art and fashion, incorporating both functionality and symbolic meaning. The paradoxical beauty of the collection evokes the distortion of idealism. Intense volumes intensified by contrasting fabrics and colours exemplify the utopia of the endless quest for beauty. As a J. M. W. Turner painting, the collection captures the violent beauty of nature while restructuring the fragments of the body like Cindy Sherman’s mannequin doll photographs.