• Text Lakeisha Goedluck
  • Photography Ieva Lasmane
  • 9th January 2020

Malicious Damage

As the audience surveyed the Per Götesson show space curated by his long-term collaborator, Tony Hornecker, two words likely sprang to mind: ceremonial and ceramics. Discarded urinals were interspersed by roses strewn on the ground — this was a celebration of sorts, made especially apparent by the eccentric statue built from books and kitsch ornaments, finished with a doll relieving itself.

Titled Malicious Damage, Götesson’s FW20 collection was centred around a sense of community. “Our need to find community and belonging is now more necessary than ever,” said the designer, as the life and work of queer 60s playwright Joe Orton served as a key reference point. Orton is known for having used torn pages from library books to decorate his home in Islington, where the designer now lives with his partner, Husam el Odeh. Resultantly, this penchant for collage was purposefully reflected throughout the line.

Workmen’s aprons rendered in inky denim and blood-red crushed velvet were completed with unconventional brooches made by El Odeh. Elsewhere, hybrid garments created in conjunction with Katy McGee looked especially forward-thinking — monochromatic t-shirt dresses split high at the thigh, while gilets printed with book pages were finished with shearling collars.

Interestingly, all of the looks were modelled by the designer’s LCF students, proving that Götesson’s offering was definitively a tribute to togetherness.