Since graduating from Central Saint Martin’s in 2018, Dom Sebastian has made waves in the fashion world through his tactical fusion of Textile and Graphic Design. Berlin-based photographer Peter E. Reiche shares his experience and collection of photos with Œ, after witnessing the psychedelic sensation’s new collection at London Fashion Week SS20.
“Being sucked into Dom Sebastian’s Presentation for LFW SS20 at the Strand did something to my mind comparable to a funky therapy sesssion. Not just because of the trippy textile designs dancing before my eyes but by the presentation’s calm and hypnotizing performance like being pulled behind the mirror by a drugged caterpillar into Alice’s Wonderland of childhood memories.
In me it brings up memories of never ending sunday afternoons visiting doting aunties in a surrounding that forces your mind to escape on psychedelic trips for keeping your young brain healthy. All the teapots, flower vases and pill boxes become gigantic and you wander between them on the tablecloth, becoming high on Vitamin Tabs that you resolve in milky glasses of water just to watch the bubbles rise, just to watch activity, counting the dancing colors of broken light.
You are the hero in a story where your only job is to become one with the environment, with the patterns. The feeling switches between being upset and deepest relaxation. And early in life you recognize that sometimes you are just a screen for life’s projections. That was what Dom Sebastian’s creations did to me and wow, that’s more than you would expect from your regular fashion show!”
Photography and words — Peter E. Reiche