Over the past few days, we’ve seen A. Human “implants,” which are actually made of silicon prosthetics, attached to the necklines, shoulders, and chests of Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Queer Eye’s Tan France, and trans fashion model Andreja Pejic. They each wore an assortment of bespoke pieces from A. Human: France wore a Tudor ruff collar, Teigen had eagle wings attached to her chest, while Pejic adorned fantastic blue-tip horns on her shoulders.
A. Human is a new progressive fashion label kicking off during New York Fashion Week through a theatrical, immersive exhibition. The exhibit is produced by Society of Spectacle founder Simon Huck.
The exhibition’s “aim [is] to combine the ease and variety of modern fashion with that tension around our bodies, provoking laughter and curiosity, more than fear, by way of the setting that we’ve designed,” Simon Huck shares with Yahoo Lifestyle.
“Each bespoke modification was entirely collaborative, tapping the talent for design direction throughout the process,” Huck says of the celebrity designs. In turn, we can infer that the designs are some reflection of each celebrity’s unique style or personality.
Kim Kardashian’s choker necklace implant is probably the most modest piece of all. It features delicate, interlocking hoops that glow with the beat of her heart — hence its name, “the Glow.” Kim’s choker design can be attributed to her penchant for fashion and is the most wearable of all the pieces.
Tan France’s Tudor piece is fit for a royal. It was inspired by the Tudors and their eccentric ruffs. These collars were standard fashion items during the 16th century, and France, known for his maximalist style, is the perfect candidate to sport the Tudor ruff.
Chrissy Teigen’s “Feather” wings are bold and beautiful. According to Plato, wings represent “intelligence and understanding.” Perhaps these are representative of Teigen’s wit, which often inspires public debate on everything from pop culture to politics.
Fashion model Andreja Pejic’s “Pinnacle” piece features a set of theatrical horns. They are fierce and powerful, just like Pejic, who came out as trans in 2013 and became the first trans fashion model to be profiled in Vogue. Pejic’s A. Human horns were designed in collaboration with Nicola Formichetti.
“I like pushing the boundaries of what can be considered fashion and finding the edge of self-expression,” Formichetti told Vogue.com. “My inspiration was a lot of imagery drawn from sci-fi and fantasy drawings of things that aren’t quite human.”
The intent of A. Human is to reimagine the human body in ways unseen before, through a fashion lens. The body modifications replace traditional clothing and become integrated with the body, similar to an ear piercing or a tattoo, except they’re painless. “By asking our audience to interact with these modifications and imagine what they would explore with their own bodies, we hope to provoke reflection, delight, and childlike curiosity,” Huck tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“We have made a considered choice not to focus on the biological or medical sides of bodies and changing bodies, or on current standards of beauty and expectations of how somebody ‘should’ look,” he says, “instead creating a setting in which extra eyes, custom hearts, and even dramatic changes to the skeleton are painless, affordable, and available to all, pushing the boundaries of self-expression and self-identification.”
Guests at the exhibition will be able to see pieces that resemble a skeletal rib cage to a conch-like heel attached to a leg. The designs tread a fine line between fantasy and reality. The immersive A. Human exhibit will run from Sept. 5-30 at 48 Mercer St. in New York City, with admission at $40 per person, ages 13 and up. Tickets are available on www.ahumanbody.com.
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