What lies beneath the beneath? The Leonardo Hatori seeks to layer the story of a 500 year old skeleton onto your landscape, creating an ephemeral image of our shared inner structure. Underneath we are all the same. Dahlia Drive’s Hatori is designed to be worn over a simple snug garment. The lapels are designed to create a column of equal space between them; long, lean, elegant.

Wear this piece for coffee, to the beach or the opera. Light, washable and crease resistant, it is a perfect piece to take with you wherever you go.

Please pick one main colour for the body of your Hatori. Dahlia Drive will pick the wardrobe for our 500 year old ancestor. SURPRISE! That is simply the way these bones rock.

The story is captured in dye layers on a large piece of paper until a complete canvas is built: colour, bones, socks, glove, skirt, more bones, another skeleton, heart.. The blank Hatori is laid out flat on the painting which is then wrapped around the front and back to present a continuous landscape beyond hem and seam. The process for the Leonardo Hatori involves many wrappings and reprints to achieve the desired effect.

Leonardo da Vinci’s curiosity about our inner structure was unethical in his time. In secluded basements he drew images, by candlelight, of a cadavers’ world under their skin. Albeit accurate, his drawings were not ‘scientific’, purely seeking an accurate image to fit all human classifications.. He seemed simply curious in documenting what he saw, without expectation, and I find much beauty and humanity in his depictions. Leonardo’s exploration was a curious and loving practice into the unknown, undefined, unexplored. His drawings record the intricate patterns of this one person’s body and presents them with care for us to ponder.

Today we seem to think we know so much about everything. Can we be lovingly curious beyond the assumptions of what we think we know? Can we, like Leonardo, go into the shadows and see things in wonder, as if for the first time?

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