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Rana Fadavi is a freelance set and costume designer, and illustrator graduate of HEAR, higher education in Visual Arts in 2016. She works and lives in London.

Visual Arts

Set design and fashion

Through set and costume design, her interest falls within the visual arts, stage direction and storytelling through the image. The body, whether alive or in representation is a recurring issue in her work.

She has worked for 3 months as an assistant art director at the Issey Miyake fashion house in Paris. Her role involved designing the set for the Men and Women fashion shows Fall/Winter 2017-2018.

The experiences that she offers to the spectator through her sets and performances are almost exclusively immersive. Indeed, the spectator is always central in the device.

This stimulating experience enabled her to enrich her ongoing research, first established in her master thesis written in 2016, researching and reviewing fashion exhibition design. Her research explores the frozen nature of items presented in exhibitions and the paradox this creates, as the garment is designed to be worn. In other words, how does one set the present (the fashion show), in its living state, to a past (the exhibition), which belongs to the dead?

Her practice, whether solo or collaborative, includes installation, video projection, drawing, sewing and photography.

She also works with several communication agencies to design costumes and spaces for different events.

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07/11/1992 46 Coleridge Road N8 8ED London +33 6 61 41 29 59 rana_fadavi@hotmail.com

Rana Fadavi Set & costume designer

http://ranafadavi.tumblr. com/

@ranafadavi

Ideactif, Paris (1 month) Communication agency. Costume designer for events

DNAP Bachelor degree in scenography with honours from HEAR higher education in Visual Arts, Strasbourg

2016 - 2017

Costume Sewing (11 years) Embroidery (1 year)

Software SketchUp Photoshop 3Ds Max

InDesign

Vectorworks Illustrator Autocad

Languages French

Issey Miyake, Paris (3 months) Assistant art director for Men and Women F/W 2017-18 shows

Design of the set: Photoshop simulations, 3D, iconographic research, sewing, drawing, set construction

Crown House Creative, London (1 month) Setting of a personal installation as part of «Self Organise» a group exhibition from young Art School graduates Pascale Monvoisin, Paris (1 year freelance) Seamstress, embroiderer, design of fabric pouches for the jewellery brand

2015 Place Grand Public, Paris (1 month) Assistant Decorator for a touring installation Assembly of plexiglass sculptures with glue

Persian

English Spanish

DNSEP Postgraduate degree in scenography with honours from HEAR higher education in Visual Arts, Strasbourg

2014

Set design

Set construction

2016

2014

WORK EXPERIENCE

Scale model making

TJP Theatre, Strasbourg (1 month) Assistant Set design to Mathias Baudry, Profils (creation directed by Renaud Herbin, choreographed by Christophe Leblay)

EDUCATION

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SKILLS

Drawing

Centre Pompidou, Paris (1 month) Metamorphosis, conversation piece #1, creation. Artist assistant to Judith Deschamps for the performance

Hand drawings, Illustrator, fabric sourcing

Tara Jarmon Paris, (2 weeks) Construction of the set made with paper of the rue Saint Honoré store for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out Paris

2011 - 2013 TJP Theatre, Strasbourg (1 week) Technical internship: scenography setup for Buchettino, directed by Romeo Castellucci Taps Gare Theatre, Strasbourg (3 months) Scenography for the reading La liberté from Martin Bellemare in the Actuelles XV festival La Halle Freyssinet, Paris (3 months) Event location in the context of Paris Fashion Week. Illustrations for an urban development project. Greenopie commission, design agency, Paris

2012 - 2016 Scenography Department, HEAR, Strasbourg Teaching by Pierre-André Weitz, Alexandre Früh, Jean-Christophe Lanquetin et François Duconseille

2011 HEAR higher education in Visual Arts, Strasbourg, admission by competition

2010 Undergraduate course in Art, Paris Foundation year for competitive exams for higher education in art schools. Teaching by Charles Gallissot. Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design, London, fashion design course (5 days) High School Diploma in Literature with art and persian as an option, Lycée Lamartine, Paris 9e

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Set design

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FADED ETERNITY

DNSEP Postgraduate degree in Set design Performance

PARTNERS

HEAR, University of Strasbourg, Museums of the city of Strasbourg, Science Garden, Habitat

June 2016 Haute École des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg

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Views of the set with the lights on

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PREPARATORY WORK Test for the performance

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Scale model

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The space that I present evokes a museum’s storeroom. It is an exhibition’s waiting room or the museum’s backstage. Suspended in time, this place guards an eternal youth. As they are wandering, the spectators are equipped with flashlights. I suggest a state between life and death. Performers, sculptural bodies, fill the space. However, in movement, they are disembodied, changed into images. Two different times confront each other: that of the preserved bodies and that of the spectators facing them. My proposal is polysemic: we are simultaneously in the world of art (restoration) and of science (hospital, laboratory). What is this medical relation that we have with our body as well as with works of art? The 3 performers are disembodied; they follow the current standards of beauty: they are young, white, smooth and clean. In their stillness, displaying a process of cleaning, make up and grooming, they disincarnate themselves.

My graduation project, linked with my thesis, was created within the context of the DNSEP, Postgraduate degree in set design. My work process consisted of creating the set and the performance. I elaborated a storyboard of the different movements made by the performers and the changes of light and sounds. The set was designed using scale models and scale 1 testing. I also coordinated a team: performers, makeup artists, photographer, cameraman and those who helped me construct and install the set.

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WHEN BOOKS BECOME ATTITUDES

Design and construction of the group exhibition’s set

PARTNERS

HEAR, Florence Loewy art gallery

Opening : 22nd January 2015 La Chaufferie, Strasbourg

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Research sketch 3D of the core structure

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3D plan

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3D of the exhibition’s entry

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The set links different projects in a space close to that of a habitat: an office, living room, spaces of sharing, of reflexion; environments where the book takes its place. In line with the title of the exhibition, the spectator is invited to interact with the projects that each time offer a different posture to the visitor. The central module mixes a bench, a base, a table, a tier, a step. In general, we wanted to play with the conventional attitudes of museography. The design and construction of the exhibition’s scenography was carried out together with my teammate within the school’s workshop. We were responsible for setting up twenty book design student art projects in the space. Although some had presented an installation, a video or photos, the majority of them had created a book. As set designers, our principal issue was knowing how to create a spatial and visual unity with many very different kinds of projects.

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FREEDOM

Design and construction of the set’s reading March 2013 Taps Gare Theatre, Strasbourg

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Centre National du Théâtre, le Jeune Théâtre National de Paris, HEAR, University of Strasbourg, Kuirado, Marcel Rudloff highschool

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In Freedom, Martin Bellemare creates a regulated world, where even suicide is controlled by a department. Each of the characters occupies a precise role in their family and in society. They all fall into a category. Therefore, everything is calculations, limitations and regulations. That is why – with my partner – we created a squared screen of rectangles, most of which were to be apertures. Two light sources with highly focused beams light them up from behind, in a way which projects the shadow of the structure onto the ground. By doing so, they shadow divides into several cells that each readercharacter takes over. These cells, defined by the grid pattern, lead to the following paradox: despite their physical proximity, the characters seem separated, therefore distant from each other. We can therefore have the idea that they are potential opponents like pawns on a chessboard.

Scale model 3D

We extend the idea of order and delimitation even to the public who are seated on squared cushions placed on the ground (similar to that of the grid pattern). The chairs displayed in the device where the “candidate”, future client of the suicide service, is seated, extends up to the room where the public are seated, implying that the public seated on these chairs are waiting for their own future suicide.

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ILLUSTRATION DEGREE

Exhibition design

June 2015 Haute École des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg

Pierre, a student of illustration, approached me to design and mount the space and set for his work. Among his projects, he illustrated a book of representing the Tale of Genji, a Japanese story. With the book being inspired by Japanese printmaking, the scenography suggests in a simple manner Japan’s interiors: the seats are low, the different elements are structured with horizontal lines.The screen that supports the prints repeats the lines of the window. The shirts suspended on the horizontal structure create a proximity between the spectator and the garments through its height.

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Fashion

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À L’OMBRE DES TOURS

Art direction, design and making of the costumes&accessories 7th October 2017 Quai de Grenelle, Paris

PARTNERS

Mains d’Oeuvres, Mairie de Paris, Issey Miyake, Port Autonome de Paris, Les Nouveaux Robinsons

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ISSEY MIYAKE

Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show

Beginning of the show

PARTNERS

Mode à Paris, L’Oréal Paris, Mac Pro

Art director assistance to the design of the show’s scenography 3rd March 2017 Salon de l’Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Grand final of the show

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HĂ´tel de Ville plan

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Photoshop simulation of the seating and chromatic research for lights

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Final simulation

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Silhouettes of the collection designed by Yoshiyuki Miyamae

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ISSEY MIYAKE MEN

Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show

Art director assistance to the design of the show’s scenography

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Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle de Paris, Shiseido

19th January 2017 Galerie de la Minéralogie, Paris Beginning of the show

Grand final of the show

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PREPARATORY WORK 1

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Scale model of the models position for the grand final of the show

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Silhouettes of the collection designed by Yusuke Takahashi

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Staircase scale model

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Photoshop simulation of the benches positions

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TARA JARMON

Making of the store’s set for Vogue Fashion’s Night Out

PARTNERS

Vogue Fashion Night, Make Up Forever, Raja

16th September 2014 400, rue Saint Honoré, Paris

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PiĂąata letter Making of the volumes

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Installations

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COLLECTION

Design and construction of the installation that is part of a young art school graduate group exhibition November 2016 Crown House Creative, Londres

PARTNERS

Merton Council, Jan Kattein Architects, Mayor of London, The Architecture Foundation

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PREPARATORY WORK 1

Capture of the video projected in the installation’s space

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Location of the exhibition

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3D plan

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In medicine, collection is an intervention which prepares for preservation. Why conserve what surrounds us? Why do we collect objects that we are supposed to throw away? Do we prevent death by doing so? What is the impact of time on a preserved world? By definition, time is an indefinite and homogenous environment in which existences unfold. What form could take a vanity if it became a space? How can a space be aseptic and at the same time intimate? Can time be suspended? It is clear that it cannot, so why try?

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CELESTIAL STRIPPING

Design of the video installation as part of the European museum night May 2015 Musée de l’Oeuvre NotreDame, Strasbourg PARTNERS

Museums of the City of Strasbourg, France 3, Ministère de la Culture, Strasbourg Eurométropole, Européenne Museum Night

This installation was created as part of the European Museum Night. All the sculptures come from the South entrance to the cathedral of Strasbourg. The tempter on the left is holding an apple, which is the symbol of temptation and whose back is infested with bugs. The four on the right are the wise virgins and the two on the left are foolish virgins. This narrative is the foregoing of the last judgement. Through video projection, the installation suggests the stripping of the foolish virgins, seduced by the tempter. The moving image (the flesh in the video) seeks to give body to the sculpture 28 made of pink sandstone.


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Research sketches Capture of the video projected on the sculptures

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ICONOGRAPHY

Hussein Chalayan Printemps/ Été 2010

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Side projects

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ÉCRIN ET PAILLETTES

Master Thesis

February 2016 Haute École des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg

PARTNERS

HEAR, Musée des Arts décoratifs de Paris, bibliothèque de l’INHA

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SPACE DESIGN

Arrangement and choice of the furnitures and colours for an individual May 2017 75015 Paris

Interior design and decoration project for a private client. The mission consisted of proposing solutions and providing advice in arranging the flat’s entry and living room, using 3D, selecting materials, colours, lights and furniture. This work was made taking into consideration the client’s needs, and their financial and technical constraints. 32


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3D Choice of furnitures and colours

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STORYBOARD

Research

2014-2016 Haute École des Arts du Rhin, Strasbourg

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