Ones to watch: Felicity Brown deconstructs Picasso for ethereal results

Loud, colourful, and frothy are some of the words that come to mind when describing London-based Felicity Brown’s pieces. Though that doesn’t denote a collection of gaudy ’80s prom dresses; Brown’s oeuvre is much more tasteful than that. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, the designer’s ability to master texture is key to her allure.

Pablo Picasso and cubism were Brown’s starting points for Fall 2011. Materials were deconstructed into strips and shreds, in a similar vein to the modern artist’s skewed conventional representation. Tribal prints were morphed with European corsetry, possibly a nod to Picasso’s appropriation of African masks in his art. With their edgy tears, intense colours, and exaggerated volume, Brown’s frocks are statement-making masterpieces—not to be worn by wallflowers.

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