Yu LIKWAI (Anothermountainman), Zhao Tao TAO (Anothermountainman)
Three portraits of clothing: people who make them and people who wear them… A hot and humid day in Canton. Amid the thunderous noise of sewing machines, women work quietly under fluorescent lamps in a garment factory. The clothes they make will soon be shipped to unknown customers. Likewise, the future of each face along the assembly line is blurred. A wintry day in Paris. Chinese designer Ma Ke prepares her newly established brand “Wu Yong” (Useless) to be launched in a spectacular show. An anti-fashion designer, she abhors assembly lines. The trademark of her majestic line is based on first burying the clothes in dirt to allow nature and time to put the finishing touches on her work. A dusty day in the mining area of Fenyang. A small tailor’s shop is patronized by miners who come for repairs, alterations and lively chats.