Agi & Sam
January 08, 2014 London
In their show notes, Mdumulla and Sam Cotton riffed on the first world versus the third world, exploitation and appropriation. They imagined traditional Western garments—double-breasted coats and tailored suit jackets, for example—transformed by the addition of long, flowing layers, like those worn by African tribesmen. They even went so far as to create vinyl-printed tops with faux logos for African oil companies, selling the first world a bogus bill of goods. The political tangle of it was a tall order for a nine a.m. show. The luck of it was, the collection didn't need to rest on its concept to have immediate appeal.