Designer Diddo Velema produced some high-fashion gas masks. Pretty awesome. [Editor's Note: these are not associated in any way with any luxury brands, etc] We are in a state of perpetual war with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear. In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption.
Deep down, we are afraid we may never be satisfied. An expanding archive of branded myths and icons feeds this fear. Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier.
Designer Gas Masks is a conceptual art project. The masks are not real commercial products. They're made for gallery purposes only.