What if the history of fashion wouldn’t be linear? What if all the major trends could co-exist? What if… 200 important characters, costumed in outfits from the 15th to the 20th century would be in the same room? Well, “I wanted to imagine what could happen if the past could look at us”, said the designer of Louis Vuitton house, Nicolas Ghesquière. And it did. The runway of new Louis Vuitton fall/winter 2020 collection, Time Clash was “supervised” by a historic grandstand holding the 200 characters.
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The 200 characters in the historic grandstand are the work of Milena Canonero, Stanley Kubrick’s Designer of Costumes, who worked on “A Clockwork Orange”, “Barry Lyndon” and “The Shining”. Some 200 characters range from the 15th century to 1950, from Versailles to Ming dynasty outfits.
Collisions of time. What if all of the innumerable eras that nourish fashion could come together in the here and now? And what if, in the present moment, we could confront history with contemporary freedoms, staged for the pure pleasure of fashion? A clash of styles, unexpected pairings, subverted functions… Dressing without protocol. Going from old to new and from unprecedented to patrimonial. Anachronism becomes an attitude. Testing one’s agility with respect to a wardrobe. This collection is like a sartorial tune-up in which personality takes precedence: everyone can pen their own history. (The music was composed by Woodkid and Bryce Dessner. )
About the collection… we saw a clash of epochs, dresses inspired by the 19th century combined with ski puffed jackets, embroided jackets with motorcycle leather pants, bourgeois tailoring was layered over sports jerseys, 18th century frock coats and the high-tech trainers. SEE THE PICTURES BELOW
Photography: (c) Louis Vuitton