Leeds RAG Fashion Show


The Concept: Cubism

What is Cubism?

Emerging in the early 20th century, cubism is an experimental movement which employs geometric shapes in depictions of humans and other forms. The Cubist style portrays unconventional angles of a subject, making the picture appear fRAGmented and abstracted.

Photo: Le Rêve by Pablo Picasso

What do the stylists have to say about Cubism?

“The essence of Cubism was to reject the inherited concept that art should copy nature, or that artists should adopt the traditional techniques of perspective, modelling, and foreshortening. To try and capture this I want garments that play with the idea of perspective, that go against the natural human form; exaggerated and oversized silhouettes and lots of structured and angular pieces to juxtapose the soft curves of the natural form.”

– Orla Mcmullan

Photo: from the official LRFS19 promo shoot by Milly Hewitt


Who were the Cubists?

The movement was pioneered by one of Arts most famous names, Pablo Picasso. He covered a variety of themes in his art, from bull fights to the often shocking overtly sexual paintings of women.

Although his cubist works being indistinguishable for many years, George Braque also played a large role in the development of Cubism. His depictions of still life are so abstract that they border on becoming patterns that express an essence of the objects view rather than direct representations.

Other artists that made their stamp during the Cubism period include Juan Gris, who painted a range of themes in the Cubist style, from a violin to a  glass of beer and playing cards.

Photo: from the official LRFS19 promo shoot by Milly Hewitt

Channeling Picasso’s revolutionary vision of presenting a distorted reality, Cubism is the third scene to take to the LRFS runway on 28th February 2019.