Adopting the traditional funeral procession performed by New Orleans' marching bands as a contextual framework, The Funeral of New Orleans (Part One) tells the story of how five members of a marching band protected themselves and their instruments in the face of the city's decimation by Hurricane Katrina on the morning of August 29, 2005.
A metaphor for how New Orleans must embrace its unique musical heritage in order to regenerate the city, the collection presents a functional, physical interpretation of the interaction between a musician and his instrument
through the transformation of body armour into instrument cases. The musician has sacrificed his body's wellbeing in order to save his instrument -- New Orleans can now survive by building upon its unique musical heritage.
Each garment within The Funeral of New Orleans (Part One) is cut on a life-size thermoactive cotton mesh sculpture of the human body in the precise pose needed to play each instrument. Presented in order, the collection's trousers embody five stages of exaggerated shrinkage from when wool is exposed to water.
Creative Director: Aitor Throup
Director: Jez Tozer
Producer: Amyra Bunyard
Animation: Daniel Gill & Anna Sheldon
Music Production: Vibrations of Sound
1st AD: Rebecca Harrington Jones
Cameraman Day 1: Adnan Hemani
Playback: Mickey Richards
Online Editor: Magnus Chisholm
Art & Rig: Peter Santi
Aitor Throup Studio: Mayur Ghadialy, Stephen Mann, Rob Vaughan, Clare Riding, Lisa Bennett, Sabina Jackson
Jez Tozer Assistants: Lou Bradbury, Davide Majone, Robert Moore, Chris Parsons, Ubald Rutar.
Vocals: Al Robinson
Trumpet: Andrew Nash
Saxophone: Mark Fernandes
Trombone: James Brown
Sousaphone: Graham Thomas
Styling Assistant: Stephen Mann
Footwear: Mark Emmett for Aitor Throup
Hats Produced by Rizvi Millinery for Aitor Throup
Special Thanks to Lulu Kennedy at Fashion East
Everybody at TOPMAN, Mandi Lennard and its (International Talent Support), Colette, Rob King and Richard Lancaster at Abbey Road Studios, Amanda, Omer & Danny at AFM Kinetic, Andy Wright and Magnus Chisholm at Evolutions, Francois and The Team at Park Royal Studio and Jonathan at YKK.