“Checkerboard” patterns have existed in human-made objects in various forms across many time periods. Like most motifs and fashions, the familiar color-contrasting squares that have long appeared on trench coats and coats of arms, flags and floor tiles, have no single origin. In textiles, checked patterns likely derive from the method of production, a byproduct of the process of weaving that became ingrained in the fabric’s design.
Not quite a blank surface, the geometric motif provides a structure for and a record of movement, supporting and reproducing the dialectical “rules” of the proverbial game. But there are no rules in the life of the mind, which is why this garment twists them: a “trompe-l’oeil” print makes the flat bias-cut gown appear bunched up – like a checkered bed linen clenched by a hand during a dream or sex, or observed while on drugs. Made in 100% Italian taupe checked fabric, the dress has asymmetrical straps that cross at the back, where the print’s textural illusion wraps around the body, all the way down to the hem.