While some housewives would probably stich up the left over pieces of cloth and make them into patch blankets, Viktor&Rolf selected some of the most luxurious fabric samples left in their archives all these years and patched them into beautiful couture pieces for the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2020 encompassing an air of soft poetry and innocent romance. These creations were loosely inspired by their childhood memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and Denise Holly Hobbie-Ulinskas’ eponymous ‘70’s illustration character.
By reusing their high-end couture fabric samples in this way, Viktor&Rolf create a surreal paradox that underlines the beauty of imperfection. This collection highlights the creative principle of conscious design.
The collection shows a series of voluminous, free-flowing dresses and capes, embellished with tiers, ruffles, and crochet galloons. Ranging from floor-length to calf to ultra-mini, several outfits are complemented with wide-brimmed, spontaneously shaped surreal hats. Elaborate glamorous makeup is juxtaposed with faux tattoos, proclaiming messages of love and happiness.
“A disruptive timeline of fashion history from 1870 to the present.”
As part of The Met’s 150th anniversary celebration, the Costume Institute’s spring 2020 exhibition will trace more than a century and a half of fashion—from 1870 to the present—along a disruptive timeline. Employing Henri Bergson’s concept of la durée (duration), it will explore how clothes generate temporal associations that conflate past, present, and future. Virginia Woolf will serve as the “ghost narrator” of the exhibition.
A timeline of 120 fashions will unfold in two adjacent galleries fabricated as enormous clock faces and organized around the principle of sixty minutes of fashion. Each “minute” will feature a pair of garments—the primary work representing the linear nature of fashion and the secondary work its cyclical character. Each pair will be connected through shape, motif, material, pattern, technique, or decoration.
The exhibition will conclude with a section on the future of fashion, linking the concept of duration to debates about longevity and sustainability. The exhibition is made possible by Louis Vuitton.
The 5th edition of the fashion week, which took place at Gurney Paragon Mall from 3rd to 5th May 2019, launched with a grand opening gala and had a large audience which included international celebrities, fashion designers, key opinion leaders in the fashion industry, social elites and members of the media.
Dancers from Euphoria Penang raised the curtain during the opening gala with their spectacular performance. It was then followed by a cameo from Christinna Kuan, the uprising fashion and beauty blogger. The 21-year-old presented her new cover song “Room” in front of approximately 300 invited guests.
The main focus of the Penang Fashion Week 2019 was the collaboration between Gurney Paragon Mall and the ASEAN Fashion Designers Showcase. Twelve reputable designers from ASEAN countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippine, Brunei, Myanmar and China who have accelerated the fashion dialogue in their respective countries showcased their masterpieces during the second day of the
Penang Fashion Week. The 12 designers are: • Hayden Ng (Singapore) – HAYDEN • Sylvia Lim & Jennifer Neo (Singapore) – TRIOLOGIE • Natacha Van (Cambodia) – NATACHA VAN COLLECTION • Lenny Agustin (Indonesia) – LENNY AGUSTIN • Bandid Lasavong (Laos) – MEN Folder • Micheal Ooi (Malaysia) – MOFactory • Pitnapat Yotinratanachai (Thailand) – PITNAPAT • Ho Thu Dang Thao (Vietnam) – TSAFARI • Pat Santos (Philippines) – PAT SANTOS COUTURE • Fadzil Hadin (Brunei) – CHANTIQUE BRUNEI • Zin Myat Myat Win (Myanmar) – ZIN • Li Zhen (China) – The ZRSH
Emerging designers form an essential part of the fashion industry, and they need to be supported and encouraged through a platform like Penang Fashion Week.
Fendi has celebrated the presentation of its Women’s and Men’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collections in Shanghai with an exclusive and memorable event, titled Roma in Shanghai. The first ever joint Fashion Show of the Maison was staged at the Powerlong Museum, the 23,000 square meter modern art museum committed to the promotion of domestic and international contemporary art.
By presenting the two iconic Collections, FENDI celebrated Karl Lagerfeld’s heritage, his unparalleled creativity and 54 years collaboration with the Roman Maison – the longest in fashion history.
The Men’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collection, presented on January 14th, has seen the exclusive collaboration of Karl Lagerfeld as guest artist, chosen by Silvia Venturini Fendi to explicit their lifetime creative relationship. On February 21st, the Women’s Fall/Winter 2019-2020 Collection is the final Collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld for the Maison, representing a lifetime of dedication and creation from 1965 until today.
The Collections include ten additional never-seen-before looks – five for Men and five for Women – created exclusively for the Shanghai Fashion Show, which featured a line-up of international models and celebrities, including which Chinese actor and singer Timmy Xu and model You Tianyi.
Fashion plays a very important part in the Oscars and Grammy Awards, superstars’ and celebrities’ best moments are either on stage or on the red carpet.
Walking the red carpet is a golden opportunity for them to show off their unique and stylish clothing accompanied with expensive branded jewelry, with hopes that their choice of fashion would appeal to the paparazzi and journalists. Every year, there are always ones who capture the spotlight with their fantastic taste in fashion while some would appear with the most unusual and unexpected gowns. This year, most of the VIPs that attended both these awards emphasized on being elegant and graceful. Of course there were also a few who tried too hard to impress.
Octavia Spencer arrives on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Maya Rudolph arrives on the red carpet of The 91st Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 24, 2019.
Each year around 60,000 people flock to New Zealand to experience the magical world of World of Wearable Art (WOW). This year, WOW celebrates its 30th year as one of New Zealand’s most spectacular art shows and single largest theatrical production. WOW is a renowned international wearable art competition providing artists from all over the world a platform to showcase their work. Featuring a total of 140 extraordinary finalist garments by 147 designers from 17 countries in this edition, the Awards Show 2018 was taken to a whole new level that wowed the audience across 18 days in Wellington, New Zealand.
The winners of this year’s Supreme WOW Award, which is also the most prestigious award of all, has shown incredible potential and creativity in their work. Natasha English and Tatyanna Meharry from New Zealand bagged the Supreme WOW Award with their stunning creation, WAR sTOrY. The sisters are also the first ever two-time Supreme WOW Award winners, having taken the top award in 2013 for The Exchange.
This event was initially launched by Dame Suzie Moncrieff in 1987 to put art on the human form, but without an amazing and capable team each year, it would not have turned into such a resounding success. The WOW 2018 Creative Team had Show Director Malia Johnston coordinate the entire show, Set and Lighting Designer Geoff Cobham design a world of magical lights and Music Director Paul McLaney direct compositions into the body of this consolidated show.
As one of the world’s most renowned Chinese couture designers, Guo Pei creates show-stopping ensembles that blend majestic opulence with theatrical fantasy. The designer’s bejeweled gowns, headpieces, and sculptural shoes were recently styled and photographed by HOWL Collective, who created a series of shots in celebration of the fashion visionary.
Published by Rizzoli as a monograph, the HOWL team’s 122 fairytale shots (titled Guo Pei – Couture Beyond) provide insight into Pei’s incredible designs and their connection with ancient Chinese culture through series of images from themed settings depicting mythical narratives such as Legend of the Dragon and One Thousand and Two Nights.
HOWL Collective announced, “The first major book on China’s leading couture visionary reveals the intricate craftsmanship and imperial glamour that has fashion publications worldwide declaring Guo Pei’s creations ‘the Empire’s new clothes.’”
More of HOWL Collective’s projects on their website and the Guo Pei – Couture Beyond photobook is now available on Amazon.
Born of a Lebanese descent, Ziad Nakad is famous for his ability to reveal the feminine side of every woman.
This year for his Spring Summer collection, Ziad decided to celebrate the ‘Goddess of Wheat’ and ‘Mother of the Earth’ in his recent creation capturing the sacred offering where the Goddess gather fruits of the earth and offers them to humanity. This designer cleverly absorbs the colors of Mother Nature’s creation such as gold for wheat, blue for sky, green for earth etc. into the dresses paying tribute to the most iconic representation of the goddess Demeter. This is a collection designed specially for a strong woman, assumed, voluntary but also and especially generous, inspired by one of the most favorable deities to humans, as a symbol of accomplishment and peace.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute Benefit or commonly known as the Met Gala is undeniably one of the most celebrated fashion night in the world. This year Met Gala 2018 its theme ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’ saw celebrity took on the red carpet flexing their creativities and competing to top the list of finest.
A night of saints to sinners, some were amazingly beautiful and stylish dressing to the theme whereas others were rather boring with safe and conventional formal appearance. As usual a few handfuls would appear in their wildest and craziest designs that sometimes may be over the board.
In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of The House of Dior’s debut spring-summer 1947 collection, the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia recently presented the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, Paris, and features a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017.
The NGV has announced that two Dior haute couture works, especially commissioned for and acquired by the gallery, will be on display in the exhibition. They are Essence d’Herbier from the spring–summer 2017 collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Look 10, Bar coat from the autumn-winter 2012–13 collection, designed by Raf Simons. Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive and the NGV Collection, the exhibition also features accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles (prototypes) and multimedia.
The exhibition, first outside of Paris, will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, which featured 50 original creations by Christian Dior. It is also featuring the iconic grand, sweeping staircase used in countless photo shoots and fashion parades over the House’s 70-year history.
The exhibition opening was celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala, a ticketed, black-tie ball on Saturday 26 August 2017. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.