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Recht's work is considered to be innovative in its use of indigenous, new and unconventional materials and technologies though also seen by many to be controversial due to the use of materials such as Minke Whale foreskin, spider silk, seal and human skin. Although he is known mostly as a Fashion Designer, some garments and show pieces from his seasonal collections are seen to blur the relationships between art, design and fashion.
Examples of this are:
Carradina: An auto-erotic asphyxiation belt made from the skin of an Atlantic white-sided dolphin, provided with a hook to place on a door or handle.
Stone Blind: A pair of frames with white hand-cut Carrara marble lenses, intended for the visually impaired.
A Lasting Impression: Gloves made from the skin of a Basking Shark with the barbs on the inside of the glove. Due to the direction of the barbs, once the glove is put on the wearer can not remove them again unless they cut the gloves off.
The Damned: A pocket square, or handkerchief, made from bullet-proof kevlar, intended to be worn in the breast pocket of a suit to protect the heart.
And his arguably his most controversial piece:
Forget Me Knot: In 2012 Recht documented a one-off surgery/performance during which a plastic surgeon removed a 110mm x 10mm strip of skin from his abdomen while he was awake. The piece of skin with the hair still attached was tanned and mounted to a 24kt gold ring