You may have seen her gothic, glamorous pieces featured in Nylon, Vogue and Flaunt Magazine, or draped seductively over the bodies of trip hop lords, Massive Attack and hot rock duo Deap Vally. With loyal fans like Marilyn Manson, it’s not hard to see why Kittinhawk is garnering such fever. Allysun Maria Dutra’s work is primal and engaged, with a healthy disregard for convention.
We set out to discover where she seeks her inspiration and what, if any, is the perfect Kittinhawk gal!
GL: I’ve come to know your work through kikass rock duo, Deap Vally, can you tell me how you came to work together and what do you feel you get out of the designer/artist relationship?AMD: I met Deap Vally through a mutual friend, in fact she came to my studio while I was working on some orders and was raving over this girl band that was playing that night. She had a black t-shirt and glitter and wanted to make a fan shirt to wear to their show. I cant really remember how it happened but, I basically took the shirt from her, cut it up and turned it into a deap vally sexy fringe shirt with red glitter and a broken heart, the band contacted me shortly after and I met with them before even seeing them play. It was love at first sight…
GL: On your website, you list influences as varied as 1970’s punk rock through to Native American culture. Are there any people in particular, historically or present, which have had a specific impact on Kittinhawk?
AMD: Oh man! So many people and it changes from season to season; the people that I’m reading/studying/obsessing over currently are David Lynch, Frederico fellini, Jean- luc Godard, Riccardo Tisci, Rainer Maria Rilke, Rasputin, Aleister Crowley, Socrates, and Neitzsche.
GL: Your pieces have an incredibly vivid and distinct style. Would you say there is a Kittinhawk kinda gal out there? What characteristics might she possess?
At this point in my career, being asked this question several times, I say there is no type, there isn’t a box that you can put people in who wear my stuff. As long as I have been making things I’m always shocked at who my buyers and fans are, honestly the one thing that ties everyone together is the outstanding will towards self expression and DIY fashion and there is no age, gender, size or race associated with that.
GL: Designers often site their environment as having a profound effect on their work. How would you say living in LA impacts you?
ALD: LA is a weird, awesome beast of a city, I have been here a little over a year and am still trying to grasp it, the mystery, glamor, falsity and facade of it all sort of fuels me towards anti fashion as a means of inspiration. Social acceptance sickens me and it seems to be the one thing every one here cares about, so I make work only for myself and only because I think it is beautiful. LA has made me more true to my work and given me deeper perspective on friendship, love and life, all of which goes directly into my creations.
GL: And lastly, what are you’re three all time favourite films and why?
1. Fantastic planet- Rene Laloux
I love this film for two reasons, its exquisitely done all in paper cut outs and the art work is stunning, and two the story is like the little prince meets ancient aliens which I absolutely adore.
2. The color of Pomegranates – Sergei Parajanov
This is the art film to top all art films, I cant think of anything more thoughtful and beautiful.
3. La Dolce Vita- Frederico Fellini
Fellini is a genius, I am in love with Marcello Mastroianni, this film embodies all the beauty, love, suffering and magic in life. I would argue it is one of the best films ever made, I watch it over and over and each time I find something new and intriguing.
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