Rimzim Dadus line,that was shown at the WIFW on Saturday,makes it apparent that the young designer has turned to the outdoors for inspiration her motifs had a fairytale,Alice in Wonderland,feel to them. If one were to forget the supine models wearing the garments and look only at the textured surfaces of the apparel,as if they were walking paintings,then the first artist that comes to mind is Paul Klee. Dadus work speaks to the woman-child in her,overflowing with an innocence and honesty that is rather beguiling.
Butterflies,bows,dragonflies and flowers are the primary leitmotif that created quite a flash on the ramp with their bold palette and slightly prickly forms. If you dont like girlie in the extreme,then this line may just punch you in the gut with its saccharine overdose. A touch of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory perhaps?
It was in fact the more austere,staid works that blended paper and fabric to emulate crushed,handmade paper constructions that had people clapping in the aisles. Created from crosshatched paper strips and acrylic sheets that provided structure to the flowing fabric,they looked like abstract paintings. With hints of blue,yellow and red peeping out of slate-gray backdrops,they could have been a fusion of Mark Rothko and Georges-Pierre Seurat,where the pale colour-fields of the latter painter merged with the textured and Pointillist surface of the former. Dadu also used negative spaces imaginatively,creating large vacant gaps between beaded,flowing gowns.
While the acrylic and fiberglass jackets looked distinctly uncomfortable on the models,as pieces of sculpture they had the thin clean lines of Alberto Giacometti and emulated the transparency of a Post-Modern sculptor. Finally,we must ask was it art or craft? Dadus attention to fussy details definitely grounded the line in the craft terrain. However,there were a few pieces that provided the aha moment of sublimity that is the hallmark of good art.