A Fashion Film About Trauma
Your car has been deemed a total loss and every palpitation from here on will bring you back to near death. You always were, and still are, in control. This is our world now. This is Collision.
Corker-Brown’s Collision collection started with not one, but two car crashes in a three month timespan. These events shaped the designer and inspired her to funnel the post-traumatic stress into beautiful garments that reflected the emotion that followed. The intricacies of motion picture storytelling allowed us to combine visions for not only the garments, but in performance, movement, lighting, set design, and composition; elevating the original vision into a complex piece that has different levels of depth to it.
Collision follows a “Driver” dealing with heightened anxiety and PTSD using contemporary dance to portray trauma through a shopping trolley. There’s a split dynamic going on here; the Driver funnels anger as they push this thing which they cannot control, in tandem with their being trapped inside the cart with gravity forcing them down so violently they forget
what it was like to be safe. Anger is a projection of fear and vice versa; by the end we understand that it isn’t about control, but about letting go and learning to love that which knows no better.
This holds contemporary relevance in the current state of distress in our world; we are in the midst of a global pandemic. The feeling of being trapped is raw for a lot of us, and it feels like no matter where you live the public’s relationship with their governments is polarizing.
As mental health can worsen in these times, it’s important to remember that this environment that we are currently in isn’t permanent. Even though we can’t physically turn to our friends and family, we should reassure ourselves that we aren’t alone.
The fashion film was created by a diverse group of talented London-based freelancers and creatives coming together to display passion for expression in dance, fashion, cinematography, emotion, and storytelling.
Telling this visual story was a way to elevate the garments and depict a depth which is usually more subtle in clothing design. Through movement, lighting, and set design, we were able to tell the complex story of the garments as well as how they pertain to mental health disorder.
Just like the tire tracks smeared onto a beautiful dress, we encourage you to wear your trauma with love
Fashion Film, Tsilindr Media 2020
Cast & Crew Credits
Designs By Corker-Brown
Directed By Jonathan DeMelkon
Produced By Ryan O’Halloran
Choreography By Akti Konstantinou
Production Company: Tsilindr Media
1st AD - Rohan Reddy
2nd AD - Ryan O’Halloran
Director of Photography - David Wyatt
Gaffer - Chris Wilson
1st AC - Aynsley Zane Johnson
DIT - Benjamin Robertson-Kay
Art Director - Rachel Corker-Brown
Stylist - Tabby Hope
Spark - Catarina Ribeiro
Runner - Teodora Yancheva
Set Photography - Anna Szydlowska
Editor - Benjamin Robertson-Kay
Colourist - Aiden Tobin
Original Music Composition By Max Cambridge and The Mighty Small
Drums - Paolo Morena
Guitar - Richard Nash
Bass - Max Cambridge
Audio Mastered By Fain
Lead Dancer - Kassi Okene-Jameson
Dancer - Ella Pileggi
Dancer - Xristina Prompona
Dancer - Yuma Sylla
Dancer - Evie Weblel
Kit Hire - Shoot Blue