At its pinnacle fashion should be art. Indeed, many major fashion shows have been hosted within museum and gallery walls. Now designer Lisa Gorman has forged yet another link between the two worlds by collaborating with renowned Melbourne artist Mirka Mora for a new clothing collection.
For the uninitiated, Mirka was a figurehead in the local arts scene through the 50s, 60s and 70s and in her heyday partied with famous artists like Blackman, Nolan and Boyd. If you’ve spent any time among Melbourne’s OG cafe scene you’d recognise her cheerful paintings, sculptures and mosaics with their motifs of apple-cheeked children, cherubs, snakes and birds. Now in her 80s Mirka is still busy making art.
A quartet of her original prints have been translated into a 23 piece collection for Gorman. Lisa, having first spotted Mirka’s art at Torlano in St Kilda many years ago, says she feels privileged to be able to work with somebody so iconic in the eyes of many.
“The highlight of this collaboration is the time that I’ve been able to spend with [Mirka] personally,” says Lisa. “I’ve never met anyone who has an ability to see beauty like her. She will find the beauty of anything she sees. She will feel the model’s hair, she will feel the fabric, she will look at the colour. She’s an extremely visual lady and I feel she is like this in her work; that her work is her.”
The collection is in store now and we’re digging the garden of Eden vibe. Mirka’s son William believes that Gorman x Mirka Mora pieces will fast become collector’s items “people will buy them, not wear them. Just put them on the wall!”
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