Myles Sexton Presents a Collection of Jewellery Made With Beetle Wings
Hand embroidered shoulder pieces by Myles Sexton. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Hooper.
By Corissa Bagan There is something very refreshing and energizing about designers who create products with unusual techniques or materials. For me, it has to do with the risk the designer takes and the thrill of unbounded potential. Myles Sexton, an incredibly unique and lovable new talent in the
Canadian fashion industry, first told me about his idea to make a line of jewellery using beetle wings in the spring of 2012 when we met at FAT (Fashion Art Toronto). The collection understandably took him two years to complete – thousands of wings were hand embroidered to form giant
statement necklaces, shoulder pieces, and, most notably, an entire
corset. From a functional perspective, the wings are a brilliant choice for jewellery. They are very durable by nature, yet they are almost weightless and sort of hang like feathers. They are also gorgeous, boasting a prismatic range of green, blue and purple jewel tones.
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The collection came together beautifully and was well worth the wait. The underlying message of the show was individuality; Sexton cast a diverse range of models and explained his connection between the unique hues in the beetle wing and the wide spectrum of beauty in all of us that should be valued and celebrated. This wasn’t “just pretty jewellery coming down a runway”, as Sexton put it – it was an evening that motivated everyone in the room to embrace what makes them unique and to take their dreams into their own hands, one hand embroidered wing at a time. Bravo, Myles!
Over to you: What’s the wildest material you’ve ever seen in a piece of jewellery?
Myles Sexton’s jewellery was shown with clothes designed by Luca Galardo–Diodati.
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