Imitation of Christ
September 17, 2000 New York
For their first show, Subkoff and Damhave took over an East Village funeral parlorcomplete with casketand sent down the makeshift runway 51 dramatically clad mourners. To the plaintive tune of The Smiths' "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me," a brokenhearted wife, orphaned children, assorted relatives, military heroes, and a mistress or two paid their respects wearing extraordinarily ruffled and pleated dresses, tattered uniforms and revamped thrift-store suits.
Subkoff and Damhave understand that true originality is found in unexpected places. By recycling, customizing and updating discarded clothing, the pair makes what is old new againand the results are fresher than the self-conscious retro looks established designers often propose after cannibalizing fashion archives in search of inspiration.