Tomorrow sees the launch of the fifth exclusive self-published book by London-based Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha. The book is a further exploration of the ideas reflected in the A/W 19 collection she presented in February of this year, and reflects the intimacy, privacy, security, and femininity that informed her designs.
Rocha considers photographs exposing the privacy of female subjects a key part of her collection’s development. In keeping with that sentiment, she approached photographer Harley Weir, whose intimate fashion imagery often focuses on specific body parts or features, for the book. The models from the A/W 19 show feature in Weir’s photographs, the casting celebrating different generations of women and a timeless beauty, contrasting with youthful newer faces and their unique interpretations of femininity.
The initial concept of self-exposure is further explored through the fabrics and prints used in the collection, which were made in collaboration with the Louise Bourgeois studio. Given that the textiles took inspiration from Bourgeois’ own clothes, they lend an added layer of intimacy. The Louise Bourgeois artworks that Rocha incorporated also feature in the book alongside the collection shoot.
The Simone Rocha A/W 19 book is a limited edition publication of 1000 copies worldwide and are available for free. The book launches 5 October 2019 at Dover Street Market London, and will also be available worldwide at Simone Rocha stores in London, New York and Hong Kong.