Friday, June 17, 2011
Madonna's "Sex" Book Inspires Jewelry Designer Eddie Borgo
"What was your inspiration for your most recent collection? What do the symbols you used - like the padlock - represent to you?"
"My collection plays with the ideas we have of subculture, and then how those subcultures trickle up into the luxury and fashion market.
I have looked a lot at the history of rock 'n' roll, as well as punk rock and glam rock, in New York City. I am interested in the many ways that music has helped to shape history.
Also, I want to identify symbols that we relate to the different realms of NYC culture - how and why a padlock around someone's neck can immediately establish their identity. My aesthetic has to do with the idea of high-end meets street.
The SS11 collection was highly inspired by Madonna's book "Sex" by Fabien Baron, a high fashion interpretation of sexuality and its subcultures. I reconsidered metal fetish hardware by taking bondage cuffs, piercings, padlocks, and latches and making them sophisticated through the use of fine jewelry techniques. This S+M aesthetic is softened with the use of Lapis, Labradorite and Howlite."