by Hollie van Osenbruggen
Last night saw a soiree of great donuts, a full crowd surrounded by a fantastic installation of Jimmy D’s making, which had perfectly arranged models dotted around the gallery in a modern style of tableau vivant.
Although this particular collection comprised of bright colours, a slight shift for designer James Dobson, he kept the classic feel of Jimmy D with the continued exploration of perfect staple pieces with a twist. As well as this, he continued the 90’s punk edge his work takes influence from.
Drawing from the likes of pink film and Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki, the installation performed a conceptual manifestation of growing up in the 1990’s Japan amongst a sleazy culture with the search for emancipation. As a paradox, his collection and abstract featured on the wall of the gallery had an overpowering voice of authority yet the work was almost about having none what so ever; it created a nice contrast for the viewers and solidified Jimmy Ds progression as a confident and thoughtful designer.