Kooky, innovative and fantastically fun describes the work from one of our favourite latest upcycle idols, Anne Sophie Cochevelou. I came across the Parisian’s design blog ‘Cycle in Heels‘ recently, and was blown away by her quirky costume pieces and innovative eye for detail.
The Saint Martins performance practice and design graduate miraculously transforms the mundane into charismatic statement pieces, using bits and bobs from everyday life as her source of materials. From a detached Barbie limb to a missing lego piece, there is no object that doesn’t ignite some sort of inspiration.
“Like a lot of my creations, the final dress doesn’t come from a precise idea or an original design but from a material or an object that I find”
Often referencing our childhood, Cocheverou’s customised pieces are regularly used for film and theatre. They represent pieces of our past, and Cocheverou’s charismatic, vibrant vision of performance art. I can see someone like Lady Gaga or Paloma Faith sporting her designs. Big personalities with a zany sense of humour. Larget than life personalities.
“I’m particularly interested in costume design, the performative aspect of costume and its social impact on people.”
Wondering where you can get your hands on Anne sofie’s creative costume pieces? She has an Etsy shop stocking all her latest work. It’s worth a browse, if not just for the explosion of creative inspiration!
Left: Anne Sofie Right: A paper bag Primark dress made for an event called ‘Primark on Acid’