Nella Themelios & Ricarda Bigolin


D&K is a project between artist and lecturer Ricarda Bigolin and curator Nella Themelios. D&K investigates, imitates and critiques the aspirations and strategies of fashion branding. The project considers all of the constituent parts of a fashion brand, focusing on unraveling the tropes, clichés and gestures that underlie these elements. D&K plays with the elusive quality of high fashion, as well as exploring the other end of this spectrum – the diffused and mass-produced product.

D&K is based in Melbourne and has exhibited in Australia and internationally. In 2014 D&K was the recipient of the Han Nefkens Fashion on the Edge Award and featured in the group exhibition The Future of Fashion is Now (2014), curated by Jose Teunissen at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam. Other recent projects include: Fashion & Performance: Materiality, Meaning, Media (2015), curated by Jessica Bugg and Anna-Nicole Ziesche; CFS USA Tour: LA (2015), curated by Centre for Style at Chin’s Push, Los Angeles; MCA Artbar, Twentieth Edition (2014), curated by Chicks on Speed; #thathautecouturefeeling (2013), solo exhibition at Bus Projects; and Brand Delusions (2012), solo exhibition at Bus Projects.