Holding a fashion show to commemorate one of the biggest explosions of this century might seem absurd, if not inappropriate. To put on a show a stone’s throw from the site of the explosion, that of the infamous Beirut Port, in a gallery located at the foot of the Eastvillage building, whose architect died under the rubble, may seem indecent at first glance. But the collection presented by Alexandra Choucair shows, more than ever, that clothing is a means of expression, and perhaps also an instrument of healing. The collection, entitled “The Unfolding”, was presented as “A visual dialogue with trauma”.
The Unfolding is actually part of Choucair’s thesis statement and was presented as an end-of year performance project, mostly about art therapy and catharsis through art. “Having grown up in Lebanon, a country defined by chaos, I search for answers on how to cope with trauma and attain a sense of belonging through art; redefining the personal into the universal, the destructive into the constructive. This has pushed me to embark on a creative journey; expressing myself instinctively in a language without words or numbers”, says the designer. “During my four years of Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design, I built an imaginary realm, a world where unusual and surreal combinations of different memories from Lebanon coalesce to create a new dialogue through which people could connect”, she confides.