Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Photo by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

 

Vedas: Garments and Space Design is an ongoing collaboration between LA-based Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold. This captivating series of fashion images is created by photographing Cope & Arnold‘s own sculptural garments which challenge ideas of what is acceptable versus what is possible.

Mesh cloaks, structured veils and circular headdresses are combined with free-flowing muslin textiles and blurred silhouettes. One of the things I like the most about this project is the strict monochromatic palette that allows one to focus entirely on form rather than colour.

 

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

 

The project is broadly based on the theme of ‘knowledge’ (Vedas means knowledge in Sanskrit).

“Knowledge, it seems, is at once both expansive and contractive. It is a value exchange. For some it shakes foundations, de-stabilizes values and opens up the sheer terror of possibility. For others it signifies hope, advancement and discovery.”

 

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Photo by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

Vedas by Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold | Yellowtrace.

 

Both with varying backgrounds in photography and design, Nicholas & Dustin met through a commercial project in 2007 and began their first collaboration in October of 2009. Each working beyond their respective discipline, they combine the mediums of painting, chemistry, sculpture, fashion and installation as a part of their image-making process.

Do yourself a favour and make sure you view the full-screen images via the gallery below. You’re welcome.

 


[Images courtesy of Nicholas Alan Cope & Dustin Edward Arnold.]

 

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