Earlier this year @salvjiia a young trans artist at the forefront of distorted beauty and transgressive glamour, collaborated on her first fashion show for @rickowensonline Fall 2019 collection. Rick Owens was heavily drawing focus and homage to previously uncredited costume designer Larry LeGaspi, who was responsible for much of the sensational flamboyance, gender-bending and high camp aesthetics that defined the 70s. For this collection Owens was looking to re-envision the 70s glam-rock era, but rather than tattoos, this generation has replaced traditional forms of physical enhancement with a ‘body modification aesthetic’ in which he recognised Salvia as the leader! Thus, she worked with him in designing several new looks based on her past work Rick favourited. First of all I would like to emphasise how happy I am to see a revolutionary and unique artist such as Salvia receive this recognition and be rightfully called in for collaboration on such a great opportunity. So many brands would spot a unique, catered and developed aesthetic like hers and put it on the mood board or replicate it rather than working with the originator. This is a deserved creative partnership and a step in the right direction! 💫👏🏻 Salvia herself, strongly believes in the subjectivity of beauty and explores this in her work as a form of self-love and celebration. Her surreal self-portraits incorporate extreme prosthetics and digital manipulation to push the limit of reality. She draws on a variety of references from flowers and deep-sea creatures to women in pre-Raphaelite art. However, a consistent theme throughout her work is freedom of constraints. From excessive digital manipulation and distortion to juxtaposing these extreme biomorphic scenes with everyday, domestic backdrops she is removing the constraints of reality. And ultimately views fashion, performance art and makeup as avenues to warp and play with reality in a way that feels immersive and integrates art with everyday life 🖤⚪️ I could write so much more about her but ultimately I would encourage you to browse her page and see for yourself!