Hussein Chalayan made a name for himself in 1993 when for his graduation project at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London he buried his collection in his backyard, then dug it back up to present. London luxury retailer Browns purchased the entire collection. In more recent years Chalayan has taken to creating films to present his collections (less dirt!). For fall 2011, he gathered a small group at a gallery in Paris’ Marais neighborhood to show his latest film “Kaikoku,” (above) which means “open country” in Japanese. It follows his Spring film “Sakoku,” which was also the name of a period between 1633 and 1639 in Japan during which no foreigner could enter the country, and a Japanese person leaving faced the death penalty. “After the period of isolation Sakoku in Japan, the country experienced and openness to Western culture which over the years has influenced the food, fashion, art, architecture and technology while the country has still remained distinctly Japanese,” Chalayan explained in his line sheet.
The film briefly but effectively captures that mood with a gold, spray-painted shell of a dress festooned with small feathery pieces that fly from the garment after being released by remote control.
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