Ãine Phillips’ The Lost Runway is a collection of specially created sculptural costumes, each dedicated to a ‘lost girl’ as a living personal monument embodying the story of her life.
The Lost Runway is an ideological space invested with beauty, desire, loss and longing. The work is a sensitive, poetic and challenging testimonial to missing persons, and the lifelong searches of their friends and families, giving public form to private memory in the service of human freedom and the right to the protection of life.
The project memorialised ‘lost girls’ from around the world in a series of specially designed costumes developed and created together with BA and MA Fashion students from the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at the University.
Using the conventions of the fashion show format, the garments were modeled by the students and invited performance artists in a final catwalk event, that aimed to be both a fitting tribute and a public celebration of the women and girls whose personal stories were being narrated through the show.
Special thanks to Jane Talbot, Stacy Grant, Manuel Vason and all of the students and artists who generously participated in the project.