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In 1970, the Japanese designer Kenzo Takada launched an eponymously-named brand that would eventually come to rub shoulders with the likes of Chanel and Versace in the world of high-end fashion. KENZO has since designed pieces worn by everyone from Beyoncé and Selena Gomez to Spike Jonze and Rihanna. Despite falling in love with images of high fashion at a young age and loving the designer house’s clothes, Paula Varjack has never been able to afford them; she’s always been a bit more comfortable in Primani than Armani.

This season (well, on Wednesday 13th March at ARC, Stockton and Wednesday 22nd May at Northern Stage, Newcastle to be precise), the writer, filmmaker and performance-maker known for exploring identity and combining disciplines looks at why we may feel uncomfortable exploring high fashion.

In The Cult Of K*NZO, she uses multimedia – including vivid video, sound and vibrant images – to interrogate how, in a society where inequalities are becoming ever-greater, the luxury fashion industry continues to go from strength to strength. Varjack digs into the consumer habits that guide the politics of fashion, which is set to make for a fascinating deep-dive into our relationship with the garments we wear – and the ones we don’t. Whether you’re high street or high end, this is one show that will be completely on trend.


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