SARTORIAL TOTEMS: REJINA PYO






Another week has rapidly come to an end and for those who followed on Tuesday A-Gent of Style‘s collaboration with Christie’s on the sale of
Les Trois Garcons, which he dubbed ‘The Camp Menagerie’, you might be interested to hear that the auction realised on Wednesday double its estimate, £1,515,250 (GBP). You can view the full results here. Be ready to be surprised.


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Those of you who were taken by A-Gent of Style‘s feature ‘Prickly Subject’ last October about the incredible millinery creations of Tokyo-born Maiko Takeda will no doubt appreciate today’s feature which explores the boundary between fashion and art, and more specifically between non-wearable garments and art works, fusing together elements of fashion and sculpture.

These striking avant-garde creations were designed by Korean-born fashion designer Rejina Pyo, an MA graduate in Fashion from Central Saint Martins.
A-Gent of Style discovered Pyo’s “Structural Mode” collection a week ago and was immediately smitten by what he saw, the architectural and slightly totemic shapes, the bold, saturated, neon-light colour pairings, the sharp, contrasting angles of her fabrications surprisingly made out of metal and plexiglass – and not fabrics as A-Gent first thought – and the parallels between Christian Dior’s gowns of the 1950s and the futuristic elements of Pyo’s.


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After working with Roksanda Ilincic and collaborating with the H&M owned ‘Weekday’, Pyo’s real breakthrough came when influential art collector and champion of emerging fashion talent Hans Nefkens spotted her and she won the Hans Nefkens Fashion Award in 2012 and presented her solo show at the Netherlands’ Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam from September 2012 to February 2013, which you can admire below. She is now Director at REJINA PYO and Consulting Designer at Cristopher Raeburn.

“I think art and fashion share a lot of things”, argues Rejina Pyo. “It’s something that you want to look at, there is often an element of surprise, it can be beautiful or ugly and ultimately, it is a matter of taste. The boundary between art and fashion is always somewhat blurred, so I wanted to experiment with a more direct approach. I did not want to create fashion garments that could be worn. Instead, I wanted to create sculptural artwork that is inspired by the forms of garments. So none of the pieces are wearable, although at first glance they look like dresses or garments. Then when you get up close, you can see that the pieces are actually made out of coloured aluminum plate, tinted acyclic, and horsehair bonded between silk and cotton.”



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Happy Friday everyone!

– Photo of Rejina Pyo and Han Nefkens by Diana Monkhorst, others by the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen –






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