Ever seen a 7ft tall, blonde haired inflatable walking around fashion week? If so, you might be curious to find out more. I know I was, and so I sent the lovely Pandemonia list of questions in order to find out a little more about what she was all about.
Firstly, I understand that you make all of your own amazing outfits. Does each outfit have a separate meaning/concept/inspiration or does each outfit Pandemonia wears just stand to reiterate the initial concept itself?
Yes I design and make all my work. I copy what’s around me and we live in a commercial world. Each season needs a new look. So I do Spring/ Summer and Autumn/ Winter.
You have said in previous interviews that Pandemonia represents the celebrity culture of the 21st century. Are there any particular celebrities that Pandemonia was influenced by?
I’ve been influenced by countless celebrity images and I always “ Go and Compare” myself to them. My favourites from the past are Mae West, Veronica Lake and of cause Marilyn Monroe. Nowadays its people like Paris Hilton. In the past you actually did something [to be famous] nowadays its having money that counts. I guess it says something about the world.
My impression of Pandemonia is that she stands to be the representation of a ‘perfect female body’, as she is tall, young and attractive. Where do you think these body aspirations stemmed from?
Thank you! The cult of the beautiful body comes from ancient Greece. It’s no surprise the Olympics also came from there. Beautiful meant closer to the gods. In advertising we substituted the god bit for the product.
You get invited to lots of high profile fashion events. Who is the greatest person that you’ve met whilst attending these types of events, and why?
Depends on what you mean by great. I guess great now means famous. I met Jerry Hall once. It’s hard to get more famous than her. You know she used to advertise Bovril.
I understand that you are an artist by trade, is ‘living as Pandemonia’ your full time job, or do you create still life pieces (ie: not living, walking art)?
Pandemonia is a full time job in its self. I’ve been working on a sculpture show, which is taking a long time to come to fruition. In the mean time I am going to do a print show. You must come and review it.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years time, and how do you hope Pandemonia will influence the fashion and media industry in the future?
In ten years time I would of liked to have sold lots of Pandemonia Art work and merchandise. It would be good to have influenced the media by allowing more varied role models and life styles to be portrayed.
And finally, do you think followers of your work will ever catch a glimpse of the artist behind the mask? Will we ever see what YOU look like under Pandemonia’s coiffed blonde hair?
Who knows? What I may look like doesn’t really matter, “ I could be anyone”. Its the ideas that count.
For more information and pictures on Pandemonia, click here to visit pandemonia99.com.
So, what do you readers think? Would you like to see the artist behind the mask? Do you think it’s a good concept – having a ‘perfect blonde’ to represent our media cultivated society? Please let me know your ideas and thoughts!
DISCLAIMER: the images used in this article are not my own and I do not take credit for them. They are used purely for reference purposes only.