Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Haute Couture Design in Sydney

Dressing the Void by Cigdem A ydemir.

An interrogation of the space between body & dress.

“… a core structure with the use of boning, fibreglass and fabric.The form of these garments have also been heavily influenced by current ‘blobitecture’ – a response to rectilinear planes found in traditional architecture and a move towards computer generated design.”

“… ‘Dressing the Void’ is an attempt to create cocoon-like negative spaces that engulf the wearer and simultaneously evoke a sense of containment and refuge.”
Cigdem Aydemir.

With Sunny modelling, Kaori on Hair and Make-Up and the designer styling the shoot; we managed a full set of fashion documentation images for Cigdem’s graduation exhibition.

Fashion Photography, Dressing the Void by Cigdem A ydemir, Sydney Australia

Although we only shot two garments there was considerable time and effort in the ‘dressing’ of the model on set as well as the time spent on two changes of hair and make-up. I took inspiration from Russian Constructivism in my approach to dressing the set using large foundry technical drawings pinned to the white background. As constructivism was concerned with the formal qualities of architectural space it seemed like a good match with Cigdem’s architecturally inspired Haute Couture.

Fashion Photography, Dressing the Void by Cigdem A ydemir, Sydney Australia

This was perhaps Sunny’s most demanding modelling job with me so far as she had to spend quite a lot of time being fitted to the garments on set. Seven hours latter we had a great set of images including some lovely high key head shots detailing the garments free form collar. A great days shooting and everyone has been very pleased with the results.

Fashion Photography, Dressing the Void by Cigdem A ydemir, Sydney Australia

You can see the garments at the COFA Annual 07
Thursday 29 November to Friday 7 December 2007
College of Fine Arts , UNSW
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington, Sydney , Australia .


  1. sorry but this is a poor rip off of the bjork (bell choir) dress i made for McQueen. and of most of the jackets and pieces in his winter 04 collection. get some ideas of your own or dont make your theft so obvious:-)

  2. Theft? bell-choir?

    I LOVE bjork, no doubt about that. I never saw the bell-choir dress until right now on you-tube. I can assure you, I had no intention of stealing anyone's ideas.

    pfff. theft???!!

    I spent 6 months working on this project, I wont have anyone spitting "theft" at me just like that...

    ...On the other hand.. oh never mind.

    ...did you say that you MADE a dress for McQueen? as in "McQueen" McQueen???
    well I had one particular issue when producing those pieces, I've really wanted to speak to someone about it ever since, nut it out. hmm

    BTW cool job with this page Kent, looks fab! Catch up sometime eh?

  3. ok ok i know all about reappropriation so i'll let you off. haha. yes as in mcqueen mcqueen, i wrote my name inside that dress, i used to work with him. are you a recent grad. whats goin down in sydney fashion scene

  4. yiep. new grad.

    not sure about the fascion scene, not that into it really.

    Oh my goodness. you. mcqueen. bjork. me. gown. wear. someday.
    are you an angel??!

    email me, cigdosovic at hotmail dot com.

    I must hear from you o knoweth one

  5. Odd dress but the effect is quite amazing. It changed the silhouette of what we consider as clothing.