Anouk Moran - "The Resplendent Warrior"

“I'm now making myself as scummy as I can. Why? I want to be a poet, and I'm working at turning myself into a seer. You won't understand any of this, and I'm almost incapable of explaining it to you. The idea is to reach the unknown by the derangement of all the senses. It involves enormous suffering, but one must be strong and be a born poet. It's really not my fault.”  ― Arthur Rimbaud

Arthur Rimbaud speaks passionately about the derangement of senses to evoke enormous suffering, the rite of passage of the true artist. One has to accept the unbridled emotions that an artist must experience in order to create the most provoking art. And yet from this suffering and tension, come the most delicate of creations, released from these hardened layers of existence. Sealed within the core of this armour, a powerfully raw emotion awaits to be birthed.

Armour itself is ever-present in our daily lives both historically and metaphorically. Despite being tasked with the most utilitarian of functions, it is able to celebrate its fundamental nature in the most resplendent ways. We can see this exemplified so much in nature from the sharp thorns capping the pleated bodice of the palm leaf, to the intricately detailed seeds that hide beneath it a delicate sprout.

It is epitomized in the iridescent shell of the calasoma beetle which shelters its tissue like wings to the sculpted mosaic sea shell that protects its tender flesh.

Nature’s design in functionalities was inevitably mimicked in man made armour, bringing a brilliant architectural folding of metal and leather with the simple function to shield and protect.

I sought to capture this tension between the shell and its wearer, to expose the delicate balance that only raw emotion could purge. I unified masculine tailoring with the delicate burst of feminine romanticism, creating precise and hardened shapes through the luxury of drape.
I wanted to return to the core fundamentals of creation itself, an homage to the art of design through a return to true form. 



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