Friday, February 27, 2009

Hussein Chalayan the great...

After starting the day late in the afternoon, I decided to check out Hussein Chalayan current exhibition at the Design Museum. I thought to myself the 8.50 Adult fee I paid for the entrance fee better be worth it...ha ha ha...and you know what, it was probably the best fashion exhibition I've seen in London so far. It was so engaging and I was just amazed to see each and every one of his installation showcased since the year '98. Hussein Chalayan's work is different from any other designers in a sense that his clothes always has history and a story attached to it. He showed them in 3D movements, using lights, cables, various technologies, strange fabrics and objects. Because he was originally from Cyprus and migrated to London when he was young, he was always fascinated by the notion of migration, culture indifferences and stories about ethnicities and just the different aspects of society issues.

This one showed a monitor with a short movie of a spaceship and the woman riding it for about 20 minutes. What was so engaging was the fact that the women probably set in the year of 3000 looked so pure with a cream bodysuit and nothing else but a white cap. Although this little capsule spaceship was moving in such high speed the women acts as if time just moves beyond her, she acted so calm..He designed this collection for the future, but instead of creating a bleak and scary picture like what most movies and media show, he did it in such a way that you want to become like the woman in the capsule...traveling through time...


Then I went to this wallpapered room with American Indian patterns and showed a mannequin wearing one from his collection title 'Temporal Meditations' from the year 2004. She was standing on a swing with a cup on her little fingers. Well all interpretations are open and for me it was just amazing to see the room with so many action figures on the walls and the movements of the dress with the flapping collars. His other titles includes 'Manifest Destiny S/S 03', 'Genometrics A/W 05'...well I hope you get the picture and enjoy them with your own personal interpretations...

Outside the Museum there is another installation case.







This is my favourite one.

2 comments:

YinElly said...

My oh my...so surreal...so f&}%^n fantastic! I love the last one!!! Maybe that could b an inspiration 4 my wedding dress in d future..dark room & me&my dress as d centre of attention as it should b. Check out my sister's dress on my blog 2moro! Oh yes, how's ur internship coming along?

EMMELYN said...

yeah it was surreal! he is truly an inspiration. Internship in London...lots of watching. I watched and I observed most of the times. Did many fittings and stuf like that...but Josh Goot previous collection S/S 09 was much better I think. This time for A/W 09 looked to artsy and the fabric looked exactly like the patterns from Romance Was Born, that Melbournian label in Alice Euph. He has a really cool studio though, nothing but a rack of clothes and beautiful models walking in and out...