Verner is a label that is deeply rooted in integrity, ease of wear, causal elegance whilst maintaining a healthy sense of play. The beauty of the label stems from making garments that are thoughtfully constructed and can exist in the space between and outside trends.
For new collection 'Picture Consequences’ Ingrid Verner has collaborated with local artist & friend Gian Manik - creating a collection that is an ‘intelligent meditation on the lives, relationships and practices behind art, beyond the finished pieces we interact with daily..'
In her collaboration with Gian, the starting point for the concept and print was Ingrid selecting and passing on items of clothing from her own wardrobe for Gian to mark and re-define in the context of his painting and graffiti practice. The collection is about mark making itself and is about personal and professional ‘uniforms’ that we don and are important signifiers of identity and belonging. The pieces from ‘Picture Consequences' are slouchy, loosely fitting, ordered in they’re own way, and bold with a capital B. The silhouettes are androgynous in nature, not pushing any kind of feminine agenda, which is refreshing. The artist, the painter, the creator is present in the formal aspects of garment construction and design - The contrast stitching on the black and white cotton dress, top and pants act as trace lines or guidelines for the picture to come. They are reminiscent of perforated paper dolls clothing - pick and choose top and pant combination - and by extension pick and play with the notion of personal identity through uniform.
The loud floral print is spattered with globs of digital paint, rendering the ‘beautiful floral print’ soiled - to some, or imbued with a greater sense of beauty to others. This print takes the form of silk pant and multiple iterations of silk top. There are many variations in this collection of similar silhouettes - this signals the understanding of different body shapes and different needs, desires and personalities of individuals, and this is also reflected in a wide range of print options, which include a heavy blue and cream cotton stripe with bold green gestures across it, a blue and grey and black Madras plaid, which also returns in the iconic puff headband, alongside black cotton.
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How did the collaboration with Verner come about?
GIAN: Ingrid and I are friends, so it came about pretty naturally, speaking about each of our practices and seeing the potential to work together to fuse those ideas. Ingrid began by handing over some of the items in her wardrobe and second-hand stuff found in op-shops, shapes and prints that spoke to her. I then took them to the studio and used the clothing as canvas, painting motifs, graffiti, tags and images from photographs.
What was your inspiration behind the Verner collaboration?
GIAN: For me, it was about the umbrella of painting and painters; graffiti and taggers, the artist in the studio and housepainters. So the mark making and the application on the finished garments reflected those stereotypes. The cut, shape and fabrics followed suit in appropriating those clichés and identities of different painters.
Photography: Gina Diggle & Madeleine Burke