Interestingly this show tackled the legacy of David Lynch from a fashion perspective and indeed we could probably leave it up to Masanori Morikawa (Christian Dada) to be the right person to be able to do this with his deconstructionist Dadaist imperfection-is-beauty view of the world – and if then one imagines the setting of beautiful Japanese techniques and fabrics where East and West easily blend together, where David Lynch colors are intact and with here and there some raffled imperfections as if the ugly canvas would be boring deeper into your vision than the actual print thereon – then look, here is that denim rag-doll overcoat which you can see in the slideshow below as part of an inspiring and festive collection. For here is art on the runway.
Here are some of the details. For we see corporate brands who are sponsoring (like Kappa for sportswear and Dickies for workwear) in inverted and obverse poses in deconstructed formats and in ugly colors as if indeed this would be the latest concept art you did not hear of yet in a museum of modern art near you, as so much of this stuff in the museum is often impossible to appreciate unless you actually know each thought and each breath taken by the conceptual artist that created the works.
So when by the runway it is nice indeed to be able to appreciate such work in all it sartorial delight with short references only, which in this case are of course the colors and work of David Lynch (spirals, and other graphics), the deconstructive ideas and Japanese traditional techniques (check the Kimono – collars and the silks) of Christian Dada, and the deliberately perverse inversions of modern corporate logos.
And it must be said that the latter is definitely progress from some years ago when companies would never allow their brand logo to be touched and to be ‘remade’ into something entirely different. But then in 2014 came Louis Vuitton allowing their logo to be ‘destroyed’ by some famous designers and artists (the Iconoclast collection) and ever since this idea of creatively destroying logos has been adapted by other companies as well.
And that leaves us with the Rose as a signature in this collection, which no matter how hard artists try, even if by any other name, will always still be a rose.
Words by Sandro and photos from Christian Dada.