Gabi Asfour, Ange Donhauser and Adi Gil started producing face masks at the start of the COVID pandemic. Their PPE was manufactured from ´upcycled´ fabric that had been left over from their threeASFOUR spring / summer 2012 ´InSalaam, InShalom´ collection. Their aesthetic, which paid homage to the blended patterns archived within the Jewish and Arabic cultures, came with a very clear message for society today, that “under not the most pleasant circumstances, humanity has unified.”
If there was a way to make light of an international crisis, then threeASFOUR had achieved it through their mask-making project. “We feel good about our place,” Gil explained. “The mask success is nice proof that we do make sense in this time.” The trio known have been designing for over twenty years, but they are still viewed as ´Avant-Garde outsiders´ within the New York fashion scene. This is somewhat due to their irregular presentations which saw their last runway show take place over a year ago as a celebration of their 20th anniversary. To date however, they have produced a new spring / summer 2021 collection that unites their experimental and artistic tendencies within a more wearable collection.
´ This collection is an ode to the plant world and the significance of Vesica Piscis – the almond shape made by the intersection of two circles, which is also called the Womb of All Creation and the Eye of Horus.´ – Gabi Asfour
threeASFOUR´s sculptural creations are constantly inspired by sacred geometry – a subject which connects geometric designs with nature and God. This is a narrative which has appeared on their thoughts several times this season, and it looks to make yet another one more. Their recent collection was ´an ode to the plant world´ and the significance of Vesica Piscis – the almond shape made by the intersection of two circles, which is also called the Womb of All Creation and the Eye of Horus. Within religion, it is believed to symbolise good health, power and protection – fitting theme for the reality of today´s environment.
This classic ´almond shape´ was given a strong three-dimensional form across the artistic and experimental looks which composed the current collection. The transformation of these Op-Art prints graced the fabrics of easy-to-wear tunics and leggings which were made in collaboration with Japanese digital printing company, Mimaki, for the perfect marriage of science and tradition.
Article: Charles Daniel McDonald