Are these fashion or sculpture? Well in my opinion, they are all sculpture, as is all clothing to some extent. But the hats and hair pieces are also actual functional pieces. I would definitely wear the hair pieces and perhaps some of the hats aswell, they would be great for ladies day at Ascot or even a summer wedding. I love the effect of all the different colours, it had a very summery feel and for gave me a very happy feeling. The artist Corinne Okada uses all sorts of materials including silks, food wrappers, newspapers, and plastic produce netting. These collections of fragments are inspired by family stories of plantation era Hawaii in which her grandmother and father grew where she heard tales of paper apple wrappers folded into kimonos for dolls and stories of blankets sewn of hundreds of tiny tobacco bags and Toy boats were made of leaves and pinwheels of flowers. Her work reflects the merging of cultures both of Japanese relatives in Hawaii and the different cultures in the San Jose area of California.
Its a strange thing, as I looked at some of the pictures of her work, for some reason, it reminded me of Christian Lacroix - not really sure why. I then saw that some of her sculptures and art had been used in a Christian Lacroix window display. There must be a type of synergy or something about her work and that of Lacroix.
Whilst many other make sculptures and use recycled materials for art, there is quite a lot more to her work than the fact she is using recycled materials.It is great to see such amazingly creativity, I just wish more of her sculptures were wearable. The dress, kimono and shoe sculptures are so beautiful I would just love to be able to wear them.