London Fashion Week at Browns with Phoebe Ackers
To coincide with London Fashion Week this February, Browns is collaborating with artist Phoebe Ackers and playing host to a collection of her unique sculptures.
A recent graduate from UAL, Phoebe Ackers lives and works in North Yorkshire and is best known for her witty exploration of modern-day feminist issues. After receiving her degree in Fine Art and specialising in sculpture, Phoebe refined her craft by working mainly with textiles and explores themes and visions of the female form through a variety of soft sculpture.
Her collaboration with Browns focuses on the ‘modern woman’ and society’s expectations of her, exploring the problems surrounding social media, diet culture, body positivity and the male gaze. The collection produced for Browns consists of 12 faux leather biomorphic sculptures that range in size and colour and reference her own journey to becoming body confident. Whilst society is slowly moving away from the perfect ideals, there are still pressures from the media and some expectations that require us to look and behave a certain way. Phoebe Ackers addresses these mental restraints through compressing her forms with rope, challenging our self-struggle to achieve what we think is expected.
Although this series of sculptures explores the female body, it is a celebration of everyone, of all shapes and sizes and an opportunity to reflect on society’s perceptions.
From the 13th February - 16th March, Phoebe Acker’s collection of sculptures for Browns will be available to view in the Browns East entrance.
Browns South Molton Street will also showcase some of the sculptures from the 14th February – 23rd March, alongside pieces from British designers Richard Quinn, Simone Rocha, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, A.W.A.K.E Mode and Craig Green.
Words by Alexandra Oliver
28th January 2020
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