Beginning with the question ‘Who is Sean Flynn?’ Nigel Cabourn SS18 rooted his collection in a military style, creating an anti-war statement with regards to the the war photojournalist’s mysterious disappearance in 1970.
Working closely with Tim Page, a close friend of Sean Flynn, it would be guaranteed that the clothing closely alluded to a military style. Doused in camouflage patterns and flanked with old war photography, the military visuals were apparent within the display. Paired against a yellow shirt, the camouflage pattern that emblazoned a khaki jacket appeared shrunken against its traditional counterpart; with an under layer of faded blue, this resulted in a more fashion-forward visual.
Perhaps most striking is Cabourns’s appropriation of the check pattern; materialising into a shirt doused in blocks of colour, Cabourn demonstrates his ability to renew a past fashion into garments that remain contemporary without compromising their practicality.
Text: Libby Festorazzi