The Mad Hatter is developed simultaneously as a haute couture show and portrait exhibition, an artistic attempt to incorporate Marc Le Rest's three passions for fashion design, animals and historical paintings. This show presents three mini-collections all bound together by inspiration from the whimsy and elegance of Alice in Wonderland. From prey animals wearing their predators to animals in protective helmets adorned in contrasting delicate lace and pearls, Le Rest’s imagination and creativity knows no bounds.
Marc Le Rest’s oil paintings evolve like fashion collections, mixing the raw nature of the animal kingdom with culturally-rooted fabric hats and outfits. Le Rest takes his former background as a textile designer to the collections of Hermès, Armani, and Gaultier and incorporates his expertise into his fantastical “lace zoo” creations.
“Marc Le Rest creates a surreal world of majestic animals covered in frills and lace. Le Rest’s colorful and imaginative oil paintings feature animals you would normally find at the zoo, like lions, giraffes and alligators, only instead of being locked in cages, they appear to be enclosed in colorful structures of soft fabric” -Nick Pizana, Hi-Fructose Magazine