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Holiday Edition March 22 2017

Introducing the Holiday Edition a selection of bold yet effortless pieces designed in response to the work of jeweller and friend Liz IckewiczThe key piece of the Holiday Edition is the Hex Wrap Dress, designed to be pinned closed with the precious silver and sapphire Hexagon Star Pin designed especially for us by Liz. 

It is often possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Editions, please email us with your request. 

HEX WRAP DRESS / Magenta and Bronze or Black and Navy
A long line fluid silk wrap dress that can be worn casually as a layering piece or more formally as stand alone dress. Featuring a gentle cap sleeve with contrast shoulders.The soft angled design lines of the shoulder seam are inspired by the Hexagon Pin designed for us by Liz Ickiewicz. Shoulders line is complimented by a contrast hem band. Can be worn loose and open or tied closed and secured with the Hexagon Pin (sold separately).
 

HEX TEE / Black and Navy or Ice Blue
A clean yet bold piece that will work back with your wardrobe with ease. A loose fit cut from pure silk with cap sleeve and contrast shoulder panel. Lustrous black silk twill body and navy crepe de chine shoulder line.

HEX PANT/ Black Silk or Bronze Linen
An easy to wear pull on pant with contrast elastic waist band and frilled piping detail.  The leg has a gentle volume created by deep pleats on centre front and slight gathering at waist. Cropped at ankle with a detachable contrast pocket bag. Available in Black Silk with Navy contrast piping and detachable pocket, or Bronze Linen with Pink piping and pocket. 

Pieces are worn by our friend Kilani and photographed by Rob Bain. 


October Monthly Edition January 05 2017

The October Monthly Edition explores two loves; our continued love of shirting and our friend and Illustrator Giulia Cerini's of collage. 
Giulia’s 'Two Hearts’ print, a work she describes as ‘too romantic for this world’ features a colourful abstract motif of two anatomical hearts locked together in embrace. Developed during a long romance since ended she has cathartically lent the work to us to share with you.

It is often possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

SPIRITED SHIRT DRESS / Two Hearts Print or Black
This beautiful half sleeve Shirt Dress has black contrast side panels, yoke and collar, inverted pleat in centre back, concealed button through front. Its easy Trapeze silhouette gives playful volume when belted and is relaxed and breezy when worn loose. This piece can also be worn as a light summer jacket or layering piece over a slip or pants and a top as shown. Loop the belt behind for a relaxed feel or leave it off altogether. This style is three pieces in one. 

Also offered in black papery feel Japanese Poplin - 100% cotton.

HEARTS EASE SHELL TOP / Two Hearts Print or Black
We love the simplicity of this sleeveless shell top with a single front pleat on wearers right. Internally bound neck and armhole, refined details that complement an easy shape with enough room to wear a top underneath. Relaxed and elegant the finely woven cotton voile fabric is perfect for the warmer months. 

This style is also available in a Black cut from a Japanese Poplin. 

EVERYWAY PANTS / Two Hearts Print or Black
A classic straight leg pant with central pin tuck detail on the front and back the Everyway Pant is the perfect everyday pant. Comfort is assured by the slightly low waist and the printed cotton twill they are cut in. Contrast side panel in cotton/spandex with inseam pockets, fly front and hook and bar closure provides the function. 

This style is also available in Black stretch cotton/ spandex. 

INTENT TOTE BAG / Two Hearts Print 
Shopper bag with adjustable height for carrying a lot or a little, tough nylon straps for strength, internal pocket for small items. Fits a 13" laptop 

Image Credit: Our October Monthly Edition was modelled by our friend Alice and shot by Danielle Azzopardi.


September Monthly Edition October 04 2016

For the second time we had the pleasure of collaborating with the deeply talented and dynamic duo that is Pinar&Viola who designed the print for our September Monthly Edition. The pair have been working on series of 'Healing Prints' and the Mother Ayahuasca print they designed for us forms part of that collection.

The print is available across two styles The Mother Ayahuasca Robe and Pants. These are complimented by the luxurious and classic Evermore Silk Shirt. 

It is often possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

MOTHER AYAHUASCA ROBE/
A Chorus statement piece this unlined wrap jacket can be worn closed as a dress or open over matching pants for a loose, relaxed, yet bold look. The knock out print by our collaborators Pinar&Viola features abstract textures mixed with tribal motifs, its colour pallet working back well with most tones making it easy to pair back with jeans, or wear over your favourite little black dress. Printed on 100% Bamboo in Melbourne by our friends at Next State Digital Printing

MOTHER AYAHUASCA PANTS/
This ultra wide leg pant takes its volume form central pleats on front and back, and are the perfect canvas for this months bold Pinar and Viola print. The high waist and secured plates give a flattering line over waist and belly, releasing into fluid volume. Dress them up with heels and a statement top for your next occasion, or wear them with a simple t-shirt and sandals for a more relaxed look. Also available in a luxurious and classic black 100% Italian Wool. 

EVERMORE SILK SHIRT/ 
This beautiful shirt in a long line flattering silhouette works just as well with a neat pant for work, with jeans on the weekend or with our Mother Ayahuasca Pant for a statement evening look. Made from high quality silk crepe de Chine with luxurious finishes throughout, its as beautiful on the inside as out and is a pleasure to wear. We have cut the front panels double meaning no show through of undergarments, even in the off white colour option.

 


August Monthly Edition September 09 2016

Our August Monthly Edition featured a flexible jersey duo - The Unpinned Dress and Pants.
It is sometimes possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

UNPINNED DRESS /
The Unpinned Dress is a fluid relaxed jersey dress that will comfortably take you through your day to evening. Splicing together navy and black jersey, its curved design lines create interest without sacrificing elongation. Its classic collar shape can be buttoned up for polished look or left open for a more relaxed style. Wear it on its own, over the matching Unpinned Pants, or another favourite pair of pants or jeans from your wardrobe, this easy wear piece is effortless. The loose shape falls freely from the shoulder and the dry nature of this easy care viscose means it will not grip around the hips. Elbow length sleeves are practical and elegant.

UNPINNED PANTS /
The Unpinned Pant offers fluid sophistication and total comfort, an elegant and versatile option that can be worn with heels or more casual with flats or sandals. This pull on style splices black and navy together in strong vertical lines that create a statement when worn on their own, or a subtle contrast when worn under the Unpinned Dress. Comes with a waist sash in navy, but can be worn without or with your own choice of belt. 

 


July Monthly Edition August 01 2016

The July Monthly Edition introduces a luxury approach to re-purposing, working with Vietnam based artist and designer Lucie Ketelsen to re-work discarded business shirts into highly considered Chorus pieces. The Saigon Shirt and Skirt are available in limited edition of only 10 pieces with 15% of each sale going to charity The Library Project.

The Process /
Lucie explores an ‘antifragile’ approach to surface design on synthetics, seeking poetry in the man made and artificial, inspired by the often messy, rapidly developing Ho Chi Minh City. Her embroidery design – the ‘perspective broderie anglaise’ – spans the front of the shirt with graphic shapes traced from her bank of images of Saigon building facades. Lucie reflects on the design ‘I have wanted to articulate how this place feels to me for many years - complex, hopelessly broken though held in some kind of benevolent bubble’.

Lucie aimed ‘to make something both anachronistic and contemporary, the creation of which required the use of machines and hands equally.’ Sourcing second hand shirts from the bustling local markets Lucie and her team then meticulously unpicked each shirt, the design was then machine embroidered onto the front panels and finished by hand - the hand cutwork completed by a small team taking a day for each shirt. Chorus then embedded these panels into a contemporary shirt design, referencing the bib-fronted shirt, the panels are mounted onto Italian twill cotton and belted to create feminine silhouette. The remaining pieces of the shirts have been assembled to create the Saigon Wrap Skirt.

Owing to this considered and time consuming process the shirt and skirt are offered in a limited edition of 10 only with 15% of each sale going to local Saigon charity The Library Project. The Saigon Perspective Shirt and Wrap Skirt are complimented by the Tulip Pant, a bell shaped tailored trouser offered in cool-grey pinstripe Italian wool or lush raspberry coloured pinwale cord and an update of our staple Half Sleeve top in soft merino jersey.

It is sometimes possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

SAIGON SHIRT /
The Saigon Shirt features embroidered front panels designed by artist Lucie Ketelsen and take inspiration from the streets of Ho Chi Minh City. Sourcing second hand shirts from the bustling local markets Lucie and her team meticulously unpicked each shirt, the design was then machine embroidered onto the front panels and finished by hand - the hand cut work completed by a small team taking a day for each shirt. Chorus then embedded these panels into a contemporary shirt design, referencing the bib-fronted shirt, the panels are mounted onto Italian twill cotton and belted to create feminine silhouette. The remaining pieces of the shirts have been assembled to create the Saigon Wrap Skirt.

SAIGON SKIRT/
The Saigon Skirt is simple adjustable layering piece made from the remaining shirt pieces left over from the creation of the Saigon Shirt, leaving the shapes and details of the sleeves and armholes in tact as features. The skirt can be worn under the shirt to add length and volume or  on its own over pants / other pieces from your wardrobe. 

TULIP PANTS/
The Tulip Pant offers you clean lines within a bold silhouette.  Pin tucks on centre front and seam on centre back elongate the legs, giving a tailored look. Finished cleanly with a faced waist and invisible zip they fit snugly under shirts and tops or tuck into your favourite form fitting knit for a sleek professional look. Offered in cool grey Italian pinstripe wool for work and vibrant raspberry pinwale cord for play.

HALF SLEEVE WOOL TOP/ 
A Chorus staple - the Half Sleeve Top - is updated in butter soft merino wool. Featuring a high round neck, snug body and elbow length sleeves this clean piece offers a basic layer to wear under more complex pieces or as a stand alone.  The black elegantly works with any professional outfit whilst the soft silver toned grey marle offers a relaxed alternative.


June Monthly Edition July 12 2016

Our June edition featured our interpretation of the three-piece-suit, the Tux Pant and Tux Shell Top layered over the Constant Rollneck. 

It is sometimes possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

TUX PANT/
This is a classic tux pant style and an evolution of our original Tux Pant from our first collection and will act as a versatile piece within your wardrobe - wear it to work with a shirt or the Tux Shell Top as pictured, or out in the evening paired with heels. Made from a pure wool the Tux Pant provides warmth yet breathes easily, contrast side stripe is made from layered wool and vintage printed velvet exclusive to Chorus, adding a striking and playful detail, or a layering of black wools and silk lurex in the black colour way. The narrow waistband and invisible zip closure keep the front of the pants clean, flat and elegant.

TUX SHELL TOP/
A classic sleeveless shell top that features 70's inspired turtle neck with a hand frayed edge, it can be worn on its own or over your favourite basic. Made from a pure Italian wool crepe the Tux Shell Top features contrasting side panel matching the Tux Pant. Cut from 100% wool its provides warmth yet breathes easily. The neck closes with an invisible hook and bar and centre back split.

CONSTANT ROLL NECK TOP/
This top is a simple roll neck top that works as a layering piece or stand alone. Cut from ponti (a heavy weight jersey) it offers total comfort and a cool smooth hand. A slightly shaped fit is created by external darts on the back waist. The neck can we worn neatly folded, rolled or casually scrunched. All edges are cleanly finished with a fine baby-lock stitch.


 


May Monthly Edition June 02 2016

The May Monthly Edition featured two clean and classic styles, a breather post the vibrant print from April.

It is sometimes possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 
THE ALWAYS TEE/
A classic half sleeve top designed to act as a versatile piece within your wardrobe - wear it to work tucked into a neat pant as pictured, or loose over a pencil skirt. The Always Tee will just as easily fit into your weekend worn with jeans. Made from a double layer of silk/ cotton it breathes easily, contrast piping on neckline and in raglan seams highlight the clean lines of the design without detracting from the pieces simplicity. 

THE LBD PANT/ 
A cigarette leg pant thats a classic Chorus style born in our first collection. The LBD Pant takes its name from the ‘little black dress’ and aims to be as versatile as one. An elegant, high waisted cigarette leg pant with curved asymmetric ankle detail these pants can be worn layered under looser tunic style tops or dresses or with tops tucked in for a neater elongated silhouette.


April Monthly Edition May 01 2016

The first of our Monthly Editions showcases the Hashtag Coat, Pant and Shirt, each style offered in two colour ways. The amplified version, for the brave woman, features an energetic print by designer Maria Montes.  At once figurative and botanical, the print explores contemporary society’s fascination with ‘selfie’ culture and conditions of oversharing. Printed in Melbourne on a bamboo base it offers soft drape and breathability.  Its subdued counter part is cut from black lightweight Italian virgin wool, and the shirt from Italian cotton poplin with a subtle check. The coat, pant and shirt all feature squared off design lines, an abstract reference to the ubiquitous hashtag.

It is sometimes possible for us to accommodate orders on previous Monthly Editions, please email us with your request. 

HASHTAG COAT/ 
This softly tailored long line coat is a light outer layer that can be worn all year round as coat, jacket or dress. Fully lined it offers a slim elegant silhouette, cinched at the waist with inset elastic. A rounded shoulder with square inset raglan seam molds easily to all shoulder shapes and widths, its rounded neckline sits cleanly over a shirt collar. The concealed double-ended zip offers versatility of wear, allowing this piece to be worn as a dress when fully closed. Worn hear with the Hash Tag Pant as a suit.

HASHTAG PANT/ 
A straight leg cropped pant offers the look of a tailored trouser with the comfort of a pull on pant. The waist is gently elasticized and sits just above hipbones. Slimming vertical seam lines on front and back frame the hip pockets. Half lined for comfort in a luxurious lustrous micro check jacquard lining. Worn here with the Hash Tag Coat as a suit.

HASHTAG SHIRT/
Worn buttoned up or relaxed, the Hash-tag Shirt easily transitions from day to night. Featuring a square set raglan sleeve and center back pleat at neck allowing for a slight trapeze shape through body, this piece is still slim enough to be worn tucked in. Cut from a fine Italian cotton poplin with a self check or printed bamboo sleeves are faced in a twill, giving a subtle contrast when worn rolled up.

HASHTAG SCARF/
Crafted from luxuriously soft cotton and silk-blend, it has a lightweight handle that's perfect for layering. Printed in Melbourne and constructed by hand it offers an easy way to work this bold print into any outfit.


Introducing Monthly Editions April 17 2016

In a departure from the traditional fashion cycle, Chorus are pleased to announce Monthly Editions, a new mode of practice that will see the release of a single, made-to-order outfit each month.

With the desire to offer customisation and allow for a more sustainable production system, Chorus Monthly Editions provide a considered wardrobe for the contemporary woman who seeks courageous design within flexible clothing. The traditional working wardrobe of pants jackets and shirts will be explored and redefined to become pieces that enhance the individual and take them effortlessly from work to leisure and beyond.

Each new edition, made in Melbourne, Australia, will be launched with a two week ordering window, with delivery to the client within 5 weeks.

The first outfit showcases the Hashtag Coat, Pant and Shirt, each style offered in two colour ways. The amplified version, for the brave woman, features an energetic print by designer Maria Montes.  At once figurative and botanical, the print explores contemporary society’s fascination with ‘selfie’ culture and conditions of oversharing. Printed in Melbourne on a bamboo base it offers soft drape and breathability.  Its subdued counter part is cut from black lightweight Italian virgin wool, and the shirt from Italian cotton poplin with a subtle check. The coat, pant and shirt all feature squared off design lines, an abstract reference to the ubiquitous hashtag.

The April outfit will be offered for order online as of April 20th, with orders individually cut and made, no additional stock will be produced, so it is exclusively within this two-week order window, closing 4th May, that clients can secure their piece.  Those in Melbourne have the opportunity to view samples in person at Carlton boutique
Milly Sleeping (157 Elgin St, Carlton), where we will take over the windows for the two-week sales duration.

Photography - Sarah Pannell
Model - Tori Trigg
Hair and Make up - Bec Shannon  


Chorus, the way we choose to live and make; now offering made to order. November 01 2015

The fashion system is a complicated one. As Chorus have been navigating it over the last few years, some of it's constructs no longer make sense to us, seasonal collections when we operate in a global market place, twice yearly releases when we can shop online 24 hours a day. For us the most undesirable by-product of producing seasonal collections with production minimums was waste - wasted time and energy but also physical waste - left over fabrics, left over stock, that ends up on sale racks or in recycling bins. In reaction to this and with a desire to operate more sustainably we are moving towards a system of made to order. 

This means we will only be making pieces that we receive orders on and holding very minimal if any stock. It also gives us the opportunity to expand our size range and stay responsive to our clients needs and wants. We will release individual and groups of styles more often. To make sure you are informed of order opportunities sign up to our mailing list here.

The first style we are launching Made to Order is the Maai Pant; an elongated re-imagining of our sold out Maai Shorts. Cut from subtly textured fabric they offer similar volume to the original Maai Shorts, but with a more fluid drape. Perfect for work, relaxing or celebrating in, the Maai Pants are offered in pebble and black in an expanded size range of 8 to 16. 

We will be accepting orders on the Maai Pants until Tuesday 24th November for delivery in time for the holiday season. Made in Melbourne and as always cut in a limited edition of no more than 30 units, secure your pair today by ordering exclusively from the Chorus online store.

 

Credits: Photography SARAH PANNELL / Model GENEVIEVE / Hair & Makeup BEC SHANNON


Strangers in a Moment - The Making of the film May 17 2015

We wanted to take the opportunity to share these beautifully shot behind the scenes images by Ash Kerr, a side step from his usual fine art photography practice these images from the making of the short film - Strangers in a Moment – maintain the artist eye.

Written, directed and produced buy the effervescent duo behind Radioactive Giantism Films - Ramona Telecican and Andrew Kavanagh the short film features the latest Chorus collection which was made in conversation with musician and artist Bertie Blackman. Part fashion film part film clip, it was made on hot hot Australian summer day in a tauntingly empty pool in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. Blackman herself makes a cameo and the talented stars of the film - Netia Cafarella-Thomson, Alice Chaston and Guinevere Jones made their athletic feats look effortless.  

The cast and crew worked tirelessly in the heat and we thank all of them - Ramona Telecican, Andrew Kavanagh, Alice Chaston, Netia Cafarella Thompson, Guinevere Jones, Hilary Jones, Lauren George, Ruby McMillan, Veronica Cust, Sivaan Brook, Brittany Rouse, Bertie Blackman, Liam Gilmour, Austin Haigh, Brett Walker, Tom Savige, Ash Kerr, Joel West
, Hannah Vasils, Georgia Walsh, Jemma O'Connor and Lauren Trend.

You can watch the outcome of our collective effort here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bV4xXPWEbD4


Chorus Presents 'Strangers In A Moment' - VAMFF Cultural Program 2015 April 25 2015

On Sunday 15th March we were extremely proud to present our upcoming collection 'Strangers in a Moment' and film project of the same name, which is the result of a busy summer spent working with the talented Bertie Blackman and the energetic Radioactive Gigantisim Films. Our thanks to all that came - we had a great turn out and value your positive response to both the collection and the film. Another big thanks to all of our friends, family and collaborators - film crew and talented models in particular - that helped us along the way, this project was an all in effort and we couldn't have done it without you. 

The collection will be arriving in store and online from early May 2015 and is currently available for preorder. It will also be stocked in Department of the Exterior in Canberra and Milly Sleeping in Cartlon. 

Click here to view the film and read more about the Collection.

 

 


Strangers In A Moment April 01 2015

After several creative conversations between musician and artist Bertie Blackman and Chorus the result is a new collection - Strangers in a Moment  - based around the ideas that fed Blackman’s latest album - The Dash. 

Taking strong cues from the rhythmic qualities, pop atmosphere and 80’s influences of the song Strangers is a Moment, the collection is focused on an abstract exploration of stripes. Stripes interrupt classic garments, become dividing lines on the body and appear as motifs within fabrication. As is often the case at Chorus we investigated the merging of garment stereotypes, the shirt, the tuxedo, the kimono, the t-shirt all blur into each other.

We admire the way Blackman effortlessly blurs the lines between strong and masculine and something very girly, both in her music and personal style and have reflected this in fabrication and embellishment – mixing pinstripe wools, stiff poplins and corduroy with silk lamè and hand cut sequins exploding as if someone threw confetti on you on the dance floor.   

The conversation culminates in short film of the same name, written, produced and directed by Ramona Telecican and Andrew Kavanagh.

www.radioactivegigantismfilms.com
www.bertieblackman.com


Loose Pleasure by Rafaela Pandolfini January 28 2015


Late last year Chorus was approached by artist / photographer / film maker Rafaela Pandolifini to design and produce costumes for her photographic and video work Loose Pleasure. This work is the final of her in trilogy Dark Dual, Ugly Angry, Loose Pleasure produced as part of her MFA at COFA.

Pandolfini’s work often features women, expresses women’s ideas, emotions, stories, captures women’s bodies in movement. It seems to us that through her  photographs and videos she explores not only the act of dance, but how it becomes ritual, celebration and reflection of emotional states. These concepts resonate strongly with Chorus, perhaps its our age and similar dance floor pasts that prompt the mutual interests into movement and the emotion it brings, or perhaps it is Pandolfini’s fondness for texture, layers of colour, smoke effects, and contrasts that make her work feel like documentations of a past we have been through along side her. Whatever the connection is the commission felt like a natural extension of Chorus’ interests and like an opportunity to push a bit further in terms of garment typology and silhouette. 

In Loose Pleasure Pandolfini grapples with the reciprocity of pleasure and pain explored through moments of being lost in movement. Pandolfini asked Chorus to create garments that allowed her subjects move wildly, freely and hedonistically.

These concepts of control and freedom prompted design investigations into asymmetric forms, wrapping, layering and pleating – the final costumes can be seen captured through her series of stills and soon to be released video. The images capture both intense movement and a dark stillness, occasionally only a smooth limb and a glimpse of pleated silk emerges from total darkens and in other images you sense dynamic repetitive movement seen in the video work. 

An exhibition of the full series Dark Dual, Ugly Angry, Loose Pleasure will take place in Sydney later this year, we will be sure to inform you closer to the date.

Chorus have continued to work with these ideas and our third collection – The Release – is again based around the physical and psychological idea of letting go – focusing on the feeling of release given when one dances.

Bringing this creative collaboration full circle Rafaela Pandolfini, has caught The Release in motion on the talented contemporary dancer Lilian Steiner. Some preview images are on our home page, full set of images to come in following weeks.

Rafaela Pandolfini- Loose Pleasure


The Release September 01 2014

The Release - Chorus’ third collection, is based around the physical and psychological idea of letting go – focusing on the feeling of release given when one dances.

Garments in this collection are extrapolations of ideas formed in response to a brief given by artist Rafaela Pandolfini. For her latest work ‘Loose With Pleasure’ Pandolfini grapples with the reciprocity of pleasure and pain explored through moments of being lost in movement. Pandolfi asked Chorus to create garments that allowed her subjects move wildly, freely and hedonistically.

These concepts of control and freedom prompted design investigations into asymmetric forms, wrapping, layering, pleating, contrasts of volume and tightness, as well as research into Judo uniforms, motifs and terminology. Stills from 1978 martial arts film ‘Heros of the East’ and vintage instructional magazines presenting movement frozen in time were of particular inspiration. As always at Chorus this research has been interpreted both in a highly considered and humorously off handed manor. Elements of the Judo uniform can be seen in soft suiting, tie fastenings and generous proportions. Literal motifs of judo men caught in motion are printed onto jersey styles and laser cut from multi coloured acrylic appearing in the form of jewellery, accessories and embellishment. Judo terminology reflecting physical or emotive characteristics is used to name each piece.

Chorus’ staple clean lines, refined finishes, combinations of matt and shine are worked into an unexpectedly bright colour palette of raspberry and tangerine offset by silver greys and grounded in ubiquitous black.

Bringing this creative collaboration full circle Rafaela Pandolfini, has caught The Release in motion on the talented Lilian Stiener.


The Lab - A film by Lucy McRae featuring Chorus May 10 2014

The Lab short film, directed by Body Architect Lucy McRae, is the culmination of a Summer residency at Pin Up Gallery, where she staged a live performance of her invented Swallowable Parfum®. The Lab short film is the result of weeks of Lucy exploring her artistic provocation and forms a trailer for our second collection of the same name. Continuing our desire to explore the design process from varied angles we participated in the performance both as actors and costume creators and have transformed the experience into our second collection - The Lab which is now available online and in-store. 


The Lab March 01 2014

The Lab - Chorus’ second collection of softly tailored women’s wear brings to life a set of characters from an imagined world. The Doctor, Patient, Factory worker and Shopkeeper ensembles are refinements of costumes designed by Chorus for a live performance staged by artist Lucy McRae. Continuing their desire to explore the design process from varied angles, Chorus participated in this performance as both actors & creators and have transformed the experience into the collection. 

The original costumes embracing McRae’s possible future were created without a single stitch. Medical tape held the pieces together echoing the Laboratory aesthetic. In their refined state, taped seams have been made functional by the use of bonded ribbon over a series of clean diagonal lines. The original colour palette of soft fleshy pinks, cool sterile grey and white has had an injection of red to bring the sanguine references to the fore. The gold element mirroring the world of luxury perfume production explored in the performance has been used both in subtle hardware details and pushed to the point of jest in pieces that continue the mix of garment typologies seen in the first Chorus collection. Apron styles cover both the intended utilitarian purpose in transparent plastic and are reinterpreted into refined open backed dresses and tops. The collection focuses on tactile wool crepe and jersey mixed with silk organza with a graph paper like check print - again referencing the Laboratory - water repellant sateen has been used for Lab coat styles. Jersey and stretch fabrications exist as panelling or entire garments building upon Chorus’ desire for functionality and comfort masked in luxury. 

The look book shown below features the beautiful Ela Stiles of Australian band Songs and was shot by the very talented Sarah Pannell. Look book design by Pandarosa. Shoes by Habbot.
The Lab will launch in-store and online in late February 2014. 
Habbot

 

 


Activity Now at the National Gallery of Victoria February 28 2014

Two weeks ago we ran children's activity workshop commissioned by the lovely ladies at the Office of Good Design in the NGV community hall as part of the Melbourne Now Children's festival. The aim was to navigate the chaos and help a few cleaver sets of little fingers to make our paper doll. The paper doll and many other creative activities are available for download as part of the 'Activity Now' book. See link below.

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/640652/Activity-Now-Book_LoRes.pdf


Processing the process October 01 2013

Early this year we worked with the energetic and inspiring artist Lucy McRae on her summer residency at Pin-up Project space.Continuing our desire to explore the design process from varied angles, we participated in this performance as both actors and creators of the costuming.

Here are a few images of the journey we have been on, we have transformed the experience into the collection so these hint at the collection to come - titled The Lab it will be released early next year.

The first image is a spread from issue of 54 Indesign Magazine, the last two images were taken by Tobias Titz and you can see more of his great shots here 

You can also read more about the project here on Pinup's website or on Broadsheet 

To discover more of Lucy’s exciting work visit her website here


The Launch April 25 2013

Chorus was launched in October 2012 in our then studio at the Young Husband building in Kensington. A night to celebrate, view the sampled collection and pre order.


The Wardrobe November 30 2012

The debut of Chorus sees the release of the quintessential 'wardrobe' of women's clothing and accessories.
As the first investigation The Wardrobe  focuses on fashions iconic typologies, defining the Chorus version of these as a vehicle to explore our emerging DNA.  Taking the traditional and everyday and messing with it to create a derivation with an unconscious reference to the classic that went before. The tuxedo, the little black dress, the tracksuit, the shirt and the t-shirt were reworked to in an attempt to promote freedom from their structural histories.

For this first collaboration Chorus asked friends and ecstatic surface designers Pinar Demirdag and Viola Renate to take the same approach  and consider their reinvention of classic fashion print motifs. Pinar&Viola, the Turkish / Dutch, Amsterdam based design duo are known  for their unrelenting scanning of contemporary visual culture and regurgitation of it into radical new graphic form seemed like the obvious choice to free the classic its history. The outcome is a truly ecstatic surface design printed across garments and accessories, presenting us with an excessive, intricate and contemporary interpretation of stereotypical fashion motifs.