Text by Haris Giannouras
Following his previous work “The great red dragon” this artistic endeavor by Czech designer Maros Baran draws once again its inspiration from the writings and paintings of William Blake and brings to life a new version of his dark tales, ready to haunt and fascinate us. An impervious red armor, constructed as if it were a game of foldings, forms and shapes becomes his medium in order to complete his story, like a small yet vital part of his artistic confession. One can’t help but guess what the ending of that story would be.
Maros Baran showcases a beautifully balanced combination of deconstructive fashion, bloody performance, and minimalistic aesthetic, that brings to mind works of the likes of Kawakubo, Yamamoto and early Galliano. But the most interesting part of his work would have to be his narrative skills, the fact that he works a good old-fashioned storyteller.
We want to know where his bizarre creatures came from, we are fascinated and tormented by them, almost like we are witnesses a live chic horror movie unfolding right before our eyes. At the end Baran creates an avant garde universe of well executed clothes, mediaeval references and tones of grotesquely red blood.
The project received the winning prize at a workshop/competition organized by Prague Fashion Week.