A sélection of garments from the NG space floor. The pieces have been styled by 6x4 and mixed with their own label which is also available in store. These styled looks are modelled by artist Natalia Seegusa. The photo shooting is both directed and shot by 6x4.
While clothing reflects the movements of human culture it also helps to determine its direction. How do we now identify with a tribe differently to when our tribe was determined by proximity and by geographical location? Historically clothing was an indication of a person's social and cultural identity: we find that this is no longer the case and that our world is speeding towards homogeneity. We find ourselves able to be members of the same tribe without living in the same continent or even speaking the same language. Through the clothing we wear we are able to define ourselves, conceal ourselves, and situate ourselves inside or outside a group. Codes of dress and ways of understanding are limitless in their subjectivity. The boundaries of clothing are merely conventions. Our reading of garments, their visual detonations and their contextual connotations, give us a frame work which we can understand and relate to them. We rely on clothing and it, in return relies on us to be worn, to be cared for and to be activated as objects as we assimilate them into our identities. The understanding of one's subjective relationship with clothing is not something easily obtained. It requires a confidence and self-assuredness that can have no exterior points of reference. This way of reading clothing is one which allows the dressing of a interior self as well as the exterior self. The tribe no longer exists, save for in nostalgia, and we must grow comfortable with this diaspora. We must understand that there is no correct method of dress nor is there a correct method of reading clothing. Only then can we find comfort and confidence in the emptiness of its meaning and the infinite possibility it offers.