Flesh & Steel winter collection 1983

Video of the collection

The event producer Susanne Bartsch invited me to take part in a Fashion show she was organizing in New York. Other young designers (including Leigh Bowery) were approached and the show was called “New London in New York“. My collection was Flesh and Steel and the fabric design was metallic silver crosses printed on grey jersey with a contrasting print of dead doves on an emerald and rust background. Pieces from this collection were regularly worn by S.P.K. with Graeme Revell and Sinan. The New York Daily News Record ran a full page article on my winter collection on Friday June 3rd 1983:

“First and foremost, Clowes is an artist, and her styles are centred around her fabrics she designs and prints. For next season, Clowes incorporates Post Apocalyptical, Road Warrior themes into cowl neck, bib front shirts and loosely draped pants with appliquéd knee pads, both in grey printed cotton”.

The music was especially recorded for the catwalk show. Mark Reilly, the gifted musician from Matt Bianco arranged the piece. He played guitar and musician Kevin Murphy added the synth and sound effects. The music set the tone of the collection.

Deon Estus, formerly the bass player with Wham and later with George Michael, approached me to design a special piece from my Flesh and Steel collection for him. All pretence of my apocalyptic foreboding was blown away by Deon’s super charming smile in Fin Costello’s publicity photos. This turned Flesh and Steel into an ‘easy to wear’ fun collection which I carried into the following summer 1984.

George Michael & Deon Estus

(Loud as possible with headphones advised)

From Sue Clowes bio.


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