Now Gallery’s latest exhibition Rinse, Repeat, is now open to the public. Created by fashion designer Richard Malone, who is the gallery’s winter collaborator this year, the exhibition is an interactive, multi-disciplinary installation made up of three elements, which together create a conversation around fashion, movement and art, writes Holly O’Mahony…

Despite being just 26 years old, Malone’s designs have been showcased on several London Fashion Week catwalks, while Malone has been profiled several times in Vogue. The aim with Rinse, Repeat, he says, is to highlight the ever changing functionality and potential of Greenwich Peninsula. “The aim of this installation is to literally light up the peninsula with a body of work that is human, joyful, bold, creative and inclusive,” he says. “The exhibition confronts viewers from outside-in with hypnotic and repetitive movements, as well as improvised, bold moments of motion that stem from the dialogue between maker and performer.”

Rinse, Repeat is, in part, an interactive exhibition. Visitors can try on Malone designs, browse his sketchbooks and listen to sound recordings from interviews with women who influence him – among whom are the architect Farshid Moussavi, fashion writer Sinead Burke, and Malone’s own grandmother Nellie Malone. “For me, it’s really important that people can feel involved in what making fashion is,” Malone says.

The exhibition is also the first at the gallery to include moving imagery. As part of Malone’s installation, a series of moving images will show performers repeating hypnotic movements, designed to invite the public to examine the reality of making and building around the human form.

“We loved that Richard had this connection to dance and saw his fashion relating to another art form,” says NOW Gallery curator Jemima Burrill. “Richard Malone is someone whose work has been on my radar for it’s sculptural dimension,” she says. “His attention to detail and the way his clothes expand beyond the body as a form made us think he would create work to challenge how we see fashion.”

Burrill hopes the exhibition will allow visitors to see the process of a fashion designer through carefully curated vitrines of sketches, textiles and photographs. For Malone, it’s also, in part, about showcasing the many different forms fashion can take. “I hope Rinse, Repeat gives visitors an understanding of all of the different ideas and outcomes that fashion can be; that it’s not always a show,” he says. “Also, I hope it gives them an insight into the process of making new collections, forms or silhouettes.”
Rinse, Repeat is on at NOW Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ.
November 28 – January 27,
10am – 7pm weekdays;
10am – 5pm Saturday;
11am – 4pm Sunday.
Admission: FREE.