when fashion isn't making me swoon, jump for joy, reel in disgust or cry, it's giving me complete and utter *chills* down my spine. Yes, it can most definitely be scary, and not in a Heidi Montag-type scary, but more of a The Shining, Silence of the Lambs type terrifying.
I have always had an inexplicable fascination with the macabre and the grotesque, as well as many designers. They successfully carry over a distinct "dark" mood to their collections and general presentations which can be absolutely mind-blowing.
Some of us hardcore fashion addicts can find ourselves genuinely moved by what we see on the runway, be it a fierce-filled '80s Alaiafest to a fun, quirky Sonia Rykiel show. Imagine how powerful an effect a dark, nightmarish show can have!
A few examples below...
FW98 "Joan of Arc"
Note the floor with those suggestive red stains... reminiscent of a slaughterhouse?
FW1999 "The Shining"
FW 02 "Supercalifragilistic"
Fall 06 RTW - VOSS
the ghost of Kate Moss
Dior... Galliano is the absolute master of the bizarre.
Haute Couture FW 00
Dior Fall/Winter 2006 Haute Couture
Haute Couture S/S 2006.
Riccardo Tisci no one does goth better.
A/W 05/06 "Maria"
the invitation for this show...
Haute Couture FW 05
RTW SS 06
Haute Couture FW 06
Haute Couture SS 07
posted by fashon.fashoff on TFS:
from book issey miyake body works:
^circa 1983 menswear outfit
from book issey miyake making things:
^two coats from a/w 1985 collection
^Escargot Pleats, s/s 1990
^Mantis Pleats, a/w 1989
^Starburst Pleats, a/w 1998
from book issey miyake by irving penn 1989:
^Mutant Pleats over Tattoo Body, a/w 1989
^Bamboo Pleats, a/w 1989
from book belgian fashion design:
^Olivier Theyskens, a/w 1998
^Walter van Beirendonck, a/w 1995
^Walter van Beirendonck, a/w 1997 (notice the lumps above the models' eyes)
^Walter van Beirendonck, s/s 1998
^from Margiela's 1997 exhibit of clothes treated with various molds/mildews. as the treated garments sat unmoving in the museum displays, the organic matter continued to spread over and discolor the garments. while fashion designers conventionally present clothes on models (i.e., the living being displays the garment), the thought behind this collection was a reversal, i.e., that the garment displays the living matter."