In a stark contrast to the commerce-led collections many designers put out into the market today, the work of Jan-Jan Van Essche continues to hold its own amidst the sea of mediocre, meaningless fashion. Sweat #13, from Van Essche’s fourth annual collection “Uhuru Sasa”, is but one of many examples of his creative brilliance.
Dubbed fashion’s enfant terrible by the press from the time of his first catwalk shows in the 1970s, Jean Paul Gaultier is arguably one of the most important fashion designers of recent decades. His avant-garde fashions have continually reflected the issues of a multicultural society, shaking up – with invariable good humour – established societal and aesthetic conventions.
How does the room you’re sitting in make you feel? What is it about the soaring roof of a railway station, the damp odour of a cellar, the feel of worn stone steps beneath your feet, the muffled echo of a cloister or the cosy familiarity of your lounge that elicits glee, misery, fear or contentment?
Our internal model of time, movement, mass and space is based on a lifetime of experience, perhaps even genetically encoded. What happens when we build a new model? What happens when we bend the rules?