Sanchez Kane’s Defiant Garments Push Up Against The Political System
As a Mexican born designer, it’s only natural that the current state of American politics would manifest itself in Barbara Sanchez-Kane’s latest work “Men Without Fear” for her label Sanchez Kane. At her spring 2018 presentation, Sánchez Kane channeled the many misguided stereotypes and attitudes directed at minorities. The designer highlighted the current plight of immigrants embellishing garments with peek-a-boo cut outs, Mexican silk flowers, a mohawk head-piece made out of water bottles, and delicate metal sculptures bent into the shapes like a t’shirt and a stiletto boot. In some of her pieces, Sanchez Kane incorporated messages from her journal entries “Freelance Lover and Post Coital Relationship” as graphics on t-shirts. In others, Mexican references like the wooden bead seat covers used by taxi drivers in Mexico City, and floral applique embellishments adorned many of the pieces.
Curated by “emotional chaos, and inherently unapologetic, Sanchez-Kane’s intimate presentation deftly put on display the designer’s childhood memories. Those memories manifested themselves in an artful collection full of imagination and edge with each look aided by her eccentric use of fabric and materials amid a structural concept. The runway cast made up entirely of Latin and Hispanic models, performed the designers inner dialogue on the runway.
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