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 .