Helen Storey’s career as a designer began at Valentino 25 years ago and has landed in the chemist’s lab. In a series of projects emphasizing the importance of sustainability, she has created a dissolvable water bottle, a purifying pillow and in her latest collaboration with chemistry professor Tony Ryan, she has created a line of dresses that are soluble in water. In their exhibit Wonderland, intricately sewn dresses are hung from a small crane and slowly dipped into large fishbowls, creating a silky rainbow effect upon contact and eventually dissolving into a clear sludge. The exhibition, which premiered in London in February, will reopen in Sheffield for all you lucky Brits from June 18th to July 13th and is imagined by Ryan as a way of “stimulating the public conscience in visual and dramatic ways, and empowering people to dream about alternative ways of consuming.” For a video interview with Storey and Ryan, go to SHOWStudio.
Helen Storey’s Wonderland
May 15, 2008