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Iordanes Spyridon Gogos x Powerhouse Unveil Iconic Collaboration for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

Four people dressed in colourful patterned clothing. Jordan Gogos and Jenny Kee in centre of shotMay 13, 2022

Iordanes Spyridon Gogos Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 at Powerhouse. Image: Getty. From left – Model: Stefania Gertis. Collaborators: Print: Brittany Wyper, Wearables: Jenny Kee, Ruby Pedder, Shoes: Julia Baldini, Accessories: Max Rixon Hat: Max Rixon, Ruby Pedder. Jordan Gogos. Model: Jenny Kee. Collaborators: Accessories: Sacred Honeys (Yasmine Moussalli), Wearables: Angelica Kilkolly, fon99, Jenny Kee Shoes: Julia Baldini Hat: Max Rixon. Model: Elliot. Collaborators: Hat:  Max Rixon, Wearables: Jenny Kee, Jo Morton, Print: Brittany Wyper, Shoes: Julia Baldini.

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On Thursday 12 May 2022, the Powerhouse staged Iordanes Spyridon Gogos’ (ISG) highly anticipated runway show for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) 2022. The unique collaboration transformed the Powerhouse’s iconic Boiler Hall for the first AAFW runway show in the museum’s 142-year history.

The Powerhouse workshop team collaborated with ISG to realise the vibrantdeconstructed castle’ runway. Artistic direction was led by Benn Hamilton, set design by Max Rixon and spatial design by Tayarch Design Studio, all mainstay ISG collaborators who worked with the Powerhouse team to create more than 15 sculptural works along with painted banners, set pieces and wearable art objects.

More than 1,000 hours of labour over five weeks and 123 litres of fluorescent paint, including much reused from previous exhibition projects, went into the collaboration. The full breadth of the workshop team’s skills and experience was showcased, from entry-level to experienced artisans and tradespeople with 30 years of experience across metal, timber and scenic work, plus drawing and 3D modelling.

The Powerhouse workshop were amongst 60 Australian and international collaborators from the creative industries engaged to realise 33 singular looks for the runway show. One stand-out was a steel ‘tubular vest’ designed by Benn Hamilton and crafted by the Powerhouse workshop, which housed a floral arrangement by the Colour Blind Florist Benjamin Avery. The workshop also collaborated on NYC-based artist Patrick Church’s sculptural look.

ISG’s collaboration with Australian fashion veteran Jenny Kee AO opened and closed the show. ISG utilised recycled materials from ‘Step Into Paradise’ (Kee and Linda Jackson’s seminal Powerhouse retrospective) for the lining of garments, shoes, set design and other elements. Kee’s archive of iconic prints and motifs, including her signature ‘Earth First’ scarf, were translated into textile designs by Brittney Wyper and incorporated into new garments, with the designer herself making a runway cameo alongside her granddaughter.

In his unique graphic style, Apollo Michaelides illustrated textile designs with cartoons featuring references to the Powerhouse’s expansive collection. Victoria Todorov’s textile designs also referenced a variety of collection objects for a garment designed by Shanghai-based Jake Siu. Photo media artist and sculptor Anna Pogossova’s oversized coins, seen on shoes, garments and jewellery, referenced real and counterfeit ancient Greek coins from the Powerhouse collection.

In collaboration with Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, ISG presented a silhouette which captures the fashion label’s relationship with Sally and the Gallery. Clad in jacket and skirt, the model represented Sally as the gallery director, while a ‘shell’ reflected the distinct, considered textures of the gallery architecture, with a headdress symbolising the gallery’s iconic ‘halo’ light entrance.

Winner of the National Indigenous Fashion Awards 2021 Simone Arnol, working in collaboration with masters of Ghostnet woven totemic artworks Pormpuraaw Art Centre and Yarrabah Arts and Culture, presented a series of designs combining recycled fishing nets, textiles and printed fabrics.

The show was presented alongside a curated Powerhouse Late program, which included a livestream of the runway show into the Powerhouse Theatre alongside artwork projections, documentary screenings and music curated by FBi Radio.  The runway show will remain available to view on the Powerhouse’s YouTube channel.

“The Powerhouse is thrilled to present our collaboration with ISG for AAFW 2022. Since our collaboration was first announced, Jordan’s epic vision has expanded in new and exciting ways. Galvanising the resources of the Powerhouse workshop team and production teams, this marked a momentous moment for the museum, transforming the iconic Boiler Hall into the world of Jordan Gogos” said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah. 

“Our collaboration with the Powerhouse has enabled us to realise the full scale and magnitude of our creative vision for this year’s Afterpay Australian Fashion Week runway show. Being embedded in the Powerhouse Ultimo Creative Industries Precinct as a Resident has generated thrilling new collaborations. Access to the incredible workshop facilities and production team at Powerhouse Ultimo has elevated the show to new heights in the iconic Boiler Hall,” said ISG founder Jordan Gogos. 

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week is an IMG event proudly supported by the New South Wales Government, through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

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Full list of collaborators

Albus Lumen

Alexander Enticknap

Alice Knight

Amy Baran

Angelica Kilkolly

Angel Robertson

Anna May Kirk

Anna Pogossova

ANTIMATTERMANE

Apollo Michaelides

Aryah Levin

Colourblind florist

Benn Hamilton

Brittany Wyper

CAES

Chanel Bragg

Chase Shiel

Chloe Green

Darren Bischoff

Denis Vukcevic

DIASPORA

Effi Mavratzas

Emily Mavratzas

Felynn Designs

fon99

Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert

Haus of Dizzy

Jake Liu

Jenny Kee

Jo Morton

Jody Just

Joe Brennan

Jordan Olyslanders

Julia Baldini Shoes

Luca Sheridan

Mary Argyropoulos

Max Rixon

Nathan Angelis

NEPHTHYS

Patrick Church

Pormpuraaw Art with special thanks to Paul Jakubowski. Sculptures are by Mylene Holroyd, Marlene Norman, Alma Norman, Mavis Benjamin. Fabric silk screen images are by Mylene Holroyd, Hedley Karyuka, Syd Bruce ShortJoe and Bernard Foote.

Powerhouse Workshop

Roshan Ramesh

Ruby Pedder

Sacred Honeys

Scarlet Marshall

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Simone Arnol

SPEED

Stefania Gertis

Stella Sunday

Taya Brooks

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Victoria Todorov

Xi Wu Studio

Yan Lok Chu

Yarrabah Arts and Culture

Youkhana