Mainly Portraits

Exhibition 8.4.–29.5.2016

Design Museum Helsinki Finland

Daniel Palillo (born 1983) originally studied visual arts, but switched to fashion design and decided to open a fashion shop in Helsinki. The shop needed products for sale, and he began to design them. This was the beginning of the Daniel Palillo brand. His fashions were worn by superstars such as Lady Gaga and were sold in over 30 countries, especially in China, Japan and Korea.

On the 8th of February 2015, Palillo, specializing in the design of avant-garde jersey garments, sweatshirts and sweatpants, declared on Facebook that he would stop working in fashion design, noting:It doesn’t satisfy me creatively anymore.”

“Paintings about the Fashion World”, presented slightly earlier, in the autumn of 2014 was Palillo’s last collection. Instead of a catwalk show, it was introduced at The Hole gallery in New York. Mounted in the exhibition space were abstract painted portraits were alongside apparel corresponding to their forms and colours. The last collection opened up a new direction for Palillo, who gravitated towards new means of expression, painting and sculpture, which ultimately became his media.

The material of Palillo’s paintings is surplus fabric from his collections mounted in stretcher frames. The context of the fashion world is still present in Palillo’s work. The persons in the paintings are familiar characters from international fashion weeks: The Buyer, the Journalist, the Assistant in Love. The general public, “tourists”, have also discovered the events of fashion professionals. The titles of the works are full of terms from world of fashion: double sleeve, bomber jacket. Many of the pieces represent t-shirts of various kinds: “Clothes are a kind of nightmare for me. Wherever I look, I start to think of clothes.”

All works presented here © Daniel Palillo