In 1851 Adrien Sauvage’s great-grandfather traveled from western Nigeria to the British isles. He was raised and educated in scotland by an Irish priest, trained in the law and graduated from a British university. Sauvage’s spring/summer 2014 collection for house A. Sauvage reflects this meeting of cultures, introducing themes of duality and conflict. The collection incorporates British heritage cloths, as well as scenes from the African Savannah, while continuing to blur the line between day and eveningwear.
Integrating with the designer’s central themes, the work of artist nelson crespo (Germany, 1975) is a key influence this season. Crespo’s ‘eden’ series combines the real with the surreal by manipulating found images of animals, plants and landscapes. The cut-and-paste style of this work adds an anarchic streak to Sauvage’s measured pallet and refined tailoring.
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