Exploring black memorabilia and the ‘white Australia policy’ (which until 1950 intentionally favoured European immigration), Verner‘s latest collection is quite the reflection of Australia’s darker history. Drawing inspo from American designer Patrick Kelly and Aboriginal artist Destiny Deacon who both use the iconography of black memorabilia, ‘White Wash’ recreates a context for the stolen generation.
Continuing with her signature street wear approach, this collection explores the softer freedom found in children’s clothing – playful and relaxed, just like the Aussie way of life. Featuring oversized coats, quilted patterns and decorated track suiting – including a shirt that can also be worn as a skirt (!!) – the relaxed pieces are covered in 3D grip dot prints, embroidery and emblazoned with the powerful words ‘white wash’.
‘White Wash’ is available now.