Global Couture is a series of portraits drawings paying tribute to the authenticity and diversity of women’s clothing aesthetic traditions from around the world by French artist Araki Koman. Bridging her interests for visual anthropology, textile and illustration, Araki uses vintage and contemporary collected and donated photographs as references to produce each drawing, one country at a time, with a minimalist twist.
Global Couture will be on view at Benk + Bo from 27 August 2018. For her first London solo show and second Global Couture exhibition after New York last January, Araki will present the most recent cycle of drawings of this series (2017–ongoing).
Exhibition Dates: 27 August - 07 September 2018
Closing Reception: Tuesday, 04 September from 6.00 to 10.00 pm
Araki Koman is a Designer & Illustrator from Paris, currently living and working in London. Using raw lines, organic shapes and a limited colour palette, Araki uses her minimalist style for commercial commissions as well as for her personal artistic work which is influenced by slow living, travel and visual anthropology. She loves exploring the concept of clothing and its relation to the body and culture.
She has lived, worked and studied in France, UK, China, Canada, Iceland, Denmark and will relocate to Japan, her soul country, in Autumn 2018.