ZORAN DOBRIC, SANDRO ALTAMIRANO, STEPHEN SEVERN
FASHION AND DEATH
The photography series will feature garments and concept by Zoran Dobric, photography by Sandro Altamirano and art direction by Stephen Severn. The concept is inspired by the Italian author Giacomo Leopardi’s 1824 play titled “Fashion and Death” in which Fashion and Death are portrayed as sisters with many common qualities. The photography series comments on the multiple levels of the contemporary relationship of Fashion and Death by exploring unscrupulous consumerism, classism, fast fashion tragedies, and the demise of artisanal values. In an age when fashion designers, makers, the environment, and fashion itself are in a dangerous flux, the relationship described by Leopardi is now even more multifaceted and relevant. This “visual essay” features photographs accompanied by written commentary challenging the viewers to examine their attitudes, and appreciate both the beauty and the horrors of fashion.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES: STEPHEN SEVERN
With a career that started in Visual Display at some of the world’s most iconic brands (Holt Renfrew and Hudson’s Bay Company in Toronto, and Anthropologie, Selfridges, and Harrods in London, UK) and a Certificate in Interior Styling for Photography from Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), Stephen has over ten years experience in prop and product styling, creative and art direction, and window design and installation.
Currently, Stephen is working as a Prop Stylist for Canada’s largest commercial photography studio, designing sets, building and sourcing props, and styling for clients like Town Shoes, Joe Fresh, Shopper’s Drug Mart Beauty Boutique, and Designer Shoe Warehouse.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: SANDRO ALTAMIRANO
Sandro Altamirano is a fashion photographer based in Toronto. Originally from Ecuador, he discovered photography at an early age, when photographing his father (a singer) on the stage. After studying at Humber College, he went on to develop an impressive portfolio of work while becoming a leader in the commercial fashion photography industry in Toronto.
With over 20 years experience and a talent for capturing the light, the look, and the moment, Sandro consistently delivers exceptional images for his editorial and commercial clients whether in his studio in Toronto or on location on the beaches of the Caribbean to the cliffs of Colorado Rockies.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY: ZORAN DOBRIC
Of Serbian descent, Croatian-born Zoran has called London, Toronto, Milan, Zagreb, and Montreal home. Currently based in Toronto, Zoran absorbs multicultural influences, translating them into fashion. His design background comes from Europe’s leading fashion design schools: London College of Fashion, University of the Arts in London UK where Zoran earned his Master of Arts Degree in 2013, and Instituto Marangoni in Milan.
Zoran’s work has been published in magazines and books from the USA, UK, Germany, Spain, France, Kuwait, Japan, Canada and China. The world-renowned fashion journalist Jeanne Becker praised Zoran’s work in its artistry and edginess. Zoran was also featured in group exhibitions in London UK at the prestigious Victoria House UAL Exhibition (2013) and at the Sex and Death exhibition in Covent Garden (2012).
Zoran Dobric won the London UK based Shaftesbury Award for emerging designers, resulting in a pop-up shop/exhibition in London UK in July 2013. In 2009, Al Sabah Gallery in Kuwait City featured an exhibit of Zoran’s art and fashion as well as an exclusive capsule collection commissioned by Sheikh Majed Al Sabah. Zoran is currently teaching fashion design at Seneca College in Toronto.
The designer creates original textiles using digital prints as well as artisanal techniques such as screen-printing, block printing, embroidery, shibori pleating, batik, and hand painting. The art, folklore, and culture inspired exclusive original textiles come to life in innovative, yet wearable silhouettes offering women an individualistic and creative expression.