For Imitation of Christ, the designer collective of
Matthew Damhave and Tara Subkoff (and creative
director Chloë Sevigny), fashion is one-third clothes
and two-thirds performance. In past seasons, they have
lured journalists to funeral parlors and hit them up
for money; this time around, they decided to switch
the roles of editors and models.
With RuPaul's "Supermodel, work!" playing at full volume as a backdrop, editors were lined up and ushered into a makeshift runway flanked by an audience of models equipped with pad and paper. As comments like "Move along, please!" and "She's gained so much weight!" blared through the speakers, the models-turned-journalists took notes and studiously ogled the press parade. Needless to say, they were all wearing Imitation's salvaged, recycled, one-of-a-kind tiered frocks, pouf minidresses, graffiti-scribbled Bermuda shorts and lace vests. Blazers were unceremoniously slashed and reconfigured, dresses tied at the hem, and skirts draped and ruched haphazardly. Amid all the madness, Imitation of Christ managed to produce some great-looking pieces.
Most importantly, though, magazine folk now know what it feels like to be a top model. All we need now is to start making their salaries .