Designers Bayode and Claire are preoccupied with the enduring iconography of the suit. This potent symbol of authority and masculinity takes on new meaning under their scrutiny.
They begin by asking: What role does the suit perform? For an avant garde line of enquiry the suit is an unlikely medium to choose. It is unapologetically acceptable and as such a strange choice. But their suits are characterised by contradiction. They are disarmingly familiar and innovative at the same time. It is this tension between the known and the imagined that replaces the suit’s traditional identity with a new and more playful ambiguity. By allowing a reinvention of self without the loss of identity the wearer is left softy empowered.
Twenty years on Bayode and Claire continue to explore identity, the symbolism and meaning of clothing and the practicalities of movement, surface and silhouette.
This is translated into wearable suits that are made bespoke.