Brooklyn-based designer Joanne Pief brings her unorthodox creations to the Capitol with her latest collection of ornamental coifs that she calls “hair garments.” Her recent art can be seen in a spread titled “Redressing the Crown” in Italian Vogue. Drawing on her Haitian roots and persevering affinity for all things eclectic, the artist who goes by “Tresse Agoche” (French for Braiding Left) creates wild, imposingly beautiful hair sculptures that explore the transformative quality and impact of how we style our own crowns.
"We speak through our hair, consciously or unconsciously," Pief has stated. “The braid is in almost all cultures and for varying social, political and even just decorative purposes—from hairdressing in fashion and music to textile work. I also find the most freedom in working with the braid, because it’s so dimensional and personally, it’s always been close to me.”
Having experimented since age 11 with her own hair — from braiding to punk-style head shaving to creating perfectly overstated geisha rolls — Pief elevates function to fashion. Her expertise is highly apparent in her sculptures, which incorporate architectural principles and a fine eye for detail.