Hussein Chalayan and his FLOATING DRESS!

04 March 2011

Hussein Chalayan – one of London’s great fashion exports, unveils his concept for A/W ’11 in this haunting and beautiful video; inspired by his ongoing exploration of Japanese culture. The collection is entitled Kaikoku or Kai ko ku in Japanese, which means open country.

Made in collaboration with Swarovski, the floating dress was constructed from polyester resin and fibre-glass matting and painted in a highly metallic gold paint with over 50 Swarovski crystal ‘pollens’. The aim was for it to resemble a precious object, or a Japanese jewellery box, but presented in the form of a dress in a simple, elegant palette of gold, white and crystal.

In addition to featuring in the film, the Floating Dress will be on display from July 7th at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, co-funded with the support of Swarovski – so you can go and see it for yourself in the summer!

Let us know if you can decipher any hidden meanings behind the ghostly floating dress video – the comments box is just below.

- Naomi Attwood


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