Following the international debut of their new short film, High Power, at Hong Hong’s Mahka Gallery as part of Business of Design Week, Guerrilla Theatre Brand (GTB) are brought their critically acclaimed movie back to Melbourne for its Australian premiere.
GTB is the brainchild of Paul Stam, who did away with the traditional constraints of the catwalks with his innovative 360-degree approach to art and fashion. Creating a mythical, multi-layered narrative, chronicling visions of the future, Stam collaborates with local artists to interpret the various verses in each chapter into clothing, before bringing his character’s journey to life through film, art and fashion.
Chapter 2, High Power, finds the story’s protagonist Guerri – a hybrid human with powers that allow him to travel into other realities – who, with his spirit guide, Soph, is battling a malevolent entity intent on consuming humanity using our own technology against us.
Paul Stam explains: “It was important to match each artist’s style to what is happening in their verse – we wanted each artist to bring their own unique point of view and aesthetic, and to truly showcase their talents as they brought the story to life.”
For Chapter 2, GTB collaborated with local artists Gareth Stehr – aka dirtsqid, Samantha Darling – aka Marian Machismo, Ryan Ady Putra, Chris Drummond, Sam Octigan, Sean Morris, Fikos Antonios and Chehehe.
Each range is shaped by the story, taking luxury streetwear to a new level as wearable art, which is all designed and manufactured in Melbourne. Some of the key pieces of the collection include a limited-edition hand-beaded velvet kimono and a made-to order leather biker jacket covered with 1,000 hand-cut crystal stone spikes. These highlights complement streetwear staples, including printed tees, hoodies and reversible bomber jackets.
To celebrate the premiere of their short film, GTB teamed up with 42below, Patron, COMMUNE Group, AFC Curated, SoHigh Gallery and Alice-D Magazine to throw a party where Chapter 2, HIGHER POWER was showcased. Set to the beats of SUNSHINE and PHILLIPS HEAD.