Composure can be a rarity in fashion. Often overlooked, it fosters reflection and pensive processes. To me, Hermione Flynn, embraces a sense of clarity in her work. Here, performance art meets societal revision and innovative garment design. Her latest collection ‘‘RAPT’’ feels like a moment of stillness suspended in time. Garments appear almost translucent, swaying organically alongside the seasonal shift. We caught up with the designer, to speak more on her heritage, interaction with audiences and her inability to simply stop creating.
Hermione, let’s start at the early beginnings, where are you from and what led you to where you are now?
Well, I was born in New Zealand, although I did grow up in several different countries (Australia, Malaysia and England) and I returned to NZ when I was 13 years old. What led me to where I am now? Instinct. I have always known what I wanted. As a four-year-old, I would have told you I was going to be an artist and throughout my life my ambitions never strayed very far from this. Leaving New Zealand was always an inevitable for me, however, settling in Berlin came after a series of rather surprising events – although now, I wouldnot have it any other way.
Fashion is a revolving cycle, forged by dialogues and constant interaction. How do you perceive wearability, functionality and the position of art within fashion?
Personally, I believe, I actually perceive fashion within art. For me, the purpose of art in a community is to utilize the senses in a stimulating way to challenge social constructs and present new ideas. Clothing or fashion is the most powerful form of visual communication – one that we are all fully conditioned to visually interoperate to construct social meaning. For me, this by default, presents clothing/fashion as one of the most powerful creative tools an artist can utilize.
Continuing on dialogues, how would you depict your dialogue with your audience?
In my dialogues, I would like to encourage my audience to consume clothing in a different way. And I don’t necessarily mean “consume” as in “purchase.” What I would like to encourage in my audience is to view clothing design and fashion with a sense of intellectual reflection and consideration. Whether the clothing is from a haute couture designer or we observe the rags worn by a homeless man, both visual experiences act as a mirror to the social context, making both a broad generalist statement, as well as revealing the most personal and subtle idiosyncrasies of an individual.