Nicholas Daley – a half-Jamaican, half-Scottish designer known for workwear-inspired silhouettes heavily influenced by his heritage – is the latest fashion collaborator of the Now Gallery. His fully immersive exhibition, dubbed “Return to Slygo” is a celebration of the young designer’s multicultural roots through the inclusion of music in a multi-sensory installation.
For the longest time, music has been an integral part not only of Nicholas’ creative process, but life in general, listing Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix and Peter Tosh of The Wailers as major sources of inspiration. It comes as no surprise, then, to see him interweaving sonic experiences with visuals for his Now Gallery installation through a playlist curated by Nabihah Iqbal as well as reminiscence by Nicholas’ family on the significance of reggae on life.
Headlining the exhibition are two short films directed by Joseph Dunn and Akinola Davies Jr: “A Knitted History” provides clarity on Nicholas’ community, inspirations and early life learning knitting skills from his mother, while “Return to Slygo” is an homage to Daley’s musical connections through a crescendo of Black British artists from a variety of generations.
Alongside all of the above, an exclusive zine consisting of stills by Piczo from the “Return to Slygo” film will be available at a cost, with all profits going to Tomorrow’s Warriors, an organisation focused on jazz music education and artist development.
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