This is the first solo exhibition by Birmingham-born fashion designer Osman Yousefzada. A leading light of London Fashion Week, Osman works at the intersection of art and fashion, combining his multi-disciplinary design practice with a strong sense of social commentary.
His style combines haute couture techniques and fabrics with a clear perception of modernity. Osman’s work has developed from a place where he considered himself to be “a product of multicultural England” and is shaped by a clear awareness of political contexts. The installations at Ikon feature imported garments made by low-wage workers for ‘fast fashion’ in the West. A tent-like structure covered in delicate hand-sewn embroidery, is adjacent to an evocation of an “immigrant’s bedroom” – inspired by his Afghan/Pakistani family’s experiences – full of furniture and decoration signifying cultural displacement.
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