As the doors opened and guests held out their tickets, the numbers “1” and “2” written on them to signify the number of valid guests, we entered the exhibit and beheld a phalanx of models surrounding a woman lain face down. There they stood, statuesque, still, as guests made themselves comfortable.
D.J. entered and shared of his experience with the Gullah and Geechee nations, and how his conversations with Queen Quet, Chieftess of both nations, helped inspire his collection before performers began their recital, revealing each model and their unique garment to the backdrop of powerful written word, video and dance.
Each piece was created from preloved and dead stock material. This was a major part of D.J.’s vision. He wanted to challenge the notion that new needs to be “New”.