Dzojchen’s factory was shut when the world went into lockdown, but that didn’t stop Chelsea Scott-Blackhall from coming onboard for our Mask for Good campaign, where we enlisted three Singapore designers to create exclusive handcrafted face masks in the name of charity.
Dzojchen (pronounced doh-jen) is a mirror of its founder. Born of Singapore and British descent, Chelsea grew up in contrasting cultures. Her designs are influenced by practical and philosophical ideas of the East and West, coming together to create one melting-pot vision of luxury fashion. A reflection of Chelsea’s multifaceted identity, Dzojchen is a brand with duality and multiplicity embedded in its DNA.
Founded in Singapore and based in New York, the cult label has become a staple on Hollywood red carpets, with A-listers including the late Chadwick Boseman, Robert Downey Jr., Ryan Gosling, Shawn Mendes, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Antoni Porowski, and Kevin Hart seen wearing Dzojchen threads.
For our third and final Mask for Good silent auction, Chelsea has designed 10 unique masks made from fabrics used in her menswear line. More than just a by-product of Dzojchen’s sleek collections, these face covers have a deeper story that resonates in this time of trouble and uncertainty. “Throughout history, those going into battle would paint their bodies and faces for rituals, dances and to stand in solidarity in preparation for their fight,” Chelsea explains. “The designs painted were believed to hold magic powers for protection. Colours, patterns and symbols were used to empower and make the warriors look more ferocious.”
“Experienced warriors were held in the highest esteem; their achievements often reflected in the symbolic images of their war paint,” she continues. “The clothes, and all of their belongings, were decorated with the symbolism of their heroism and various spirit guides. Every mark on the face and body had meaning. With the symbolism of pattern and colour, war paint was said to intimidate enemies, honour success, create mental preparation, and invoke power and magic, helping the warriors to believe themselves invincible.”
“In the battle against Covid-19, in addition to the need for protective measures, there is importance in creating collective mental and emotional strength to take on a common enemy. (With that) ‘War Paint’ by Dzojchen adds symbolism, heart and brawn into the fray,” says Chelsea.
Go to our silent auction page to place your bid on Dzojchen’s mask(s). The campaign will end on November 8, 11:59pm.