A series of live performances and videos featuring original music by Ideal Orchestra that satirizes sweatshop labor in the global fashion industry. Taking hand-made, make-shift, and recycled fashion to another dimension, clothing designer Uta Bekaia’s retro-futuristic glam-funk get-ups dress the performers and their revolving cast of art bandits.
First produced as a music videos - they were then turned into live performance filmed and edited to….
Silks & Satins Adorn my Bones
A video work inspired by the vibrant and lavish dress practices established by Charles II during the Restoration period in 17th century England. A group of elaborately dressed courtesans sit in an ornate parlor basking in the fabrics and makeup that adorn their bodies, elegantly powdering themselves in various states of undress. This is one of four parts in the Sweatshop Boogie series of performances and videos satirizing historical and contemporary dress practices and the global fashion industry.
Days of a Dandy
A fashion mini-epic featuring original music and Ideal Glass member Willard Morgan embodying the neo-dandy, presented as both live events and in video works. Oscar Wilde once said: “Vanity in the wrong hands is a worthless and damaging pursuit”–or something like that. We didn’t know him personally, but we’d sure like to meet his tailor.
The Purple Jester
Intertwining art, experimental fashion and mythological narrative into a seven act performance and related videos, The Purple Jester subverts the archetype of the Jester by re-casting him as the hero, transcending conflict through the strategic implementation of humorous acts. This is one of four parts in the Sweatshop Boogie series of performances and videos satirizing historical and contemporary dress practices and the global fashion industry.