Hussein Chalayan – it might be a bit difficult – but this IS a name you should remember! He has an exhibition at the London Design Museum at the moment.
I admit I didnt know him at all – and when a friend said he was a fashion designer, i thought it would be just another rather predictabale fashion show. BUT although this dude designs fashion – when you look closer you realise it’s not just about Fashion – but about new forward-thinking ideas and provocative innovations.
What most impressed me about his work is his ability to merge clothes with technology – and thereby giving it a completely futuristic and surprising twist.
They showed a video of a catwalk show he has done a few years ago. He designed dresses that within a few seconds would “magically” transform into a completely different design – changing length, style and suddenly revealing body parts that were formerly covered. One model was left naked because her dress disapperead into the massive hat she was wearing! Very sexy! It had the crowd from the video in standing ovations!
Another impressive idea was the transformation of furniture into clothes.
Three models would take off the covers from the chairs standing in the room and get dressed with them. The chairs themselves would turn into suitcases where you could store your other clothes.
And then a fourth model would climb into the middle of the circular table and turn this also into a dress!
Even if you don’t like Fashion at all – go see Hussein Chalayan (I just had to look on the top of this article cause I forgot his name already – shame on me!!!) at the Design Museum in London!