Stills from amateur low-quality videos of chemical experiments, which I found on youtube. Insanely beautiful.
I’m trying to learn french now and since for me this blog is a chance to practice my language skills I will post some keywords in french in order to expand my vocabulary.
/Chimie, expérience, flamme, couleur, fumée, vidéo, image, briller, de rose, aveuglant, de couleurs variées
Maria Callas as Medea in Cherubini’s opera.
from Maya Deren’s ‘Meshes of the afternoon’|1,2|
It seems that I have a thing for video lookbooks. First, it was bstore ss08 ‘odds on’ , then- Sopopular aw09, not so long ago I saw those ‘I feel’ movie featuring Raf Simons aw0506 (although it’s not clearly a ‘lookbook’ but still), and finally this ss10 Blank presentation. All of them look very simple and effortless, nevertheless fascinating. I guess at least for me it’s all about those small gestures, slightly moving fabrics, blinking, glances etc, which create a world of otherwise hidden details.
When I wrote this post I suddenly remembered mesmerizingly beautiful Warhol’s screentests. These video lookbooks in some sense present the same idea of a person being a microcosm into itself.
And a beautiful homage to the original ones- created by the MacKenzie Art Gallery:
For me it’s like some kind of video minimalism there is no plot, no action, no talk, no decorations, and only one aim- to look and absorb every tiny detail.
Knowing about Raf Simons 15th anniversary I decided to have a look at the videos of his previous collections (especially the early ones) since for me video captures the spirit of collection better than editorial or runway photos. So here are a few screenshots from my favourite Raf videos:
Raf Simons aw9596 collection (first)
Raf Simons aw9697- We only come out at night- pt1/pt2
Opera coat shot by Nick Knight
Project ‘Wonderland’ is a result of collaboration between the artist and fashion designer Helen Storey and the scientist Tony Ryan, ‘Wonderland’ uses fashion as a ‘trojan horse’ to progress a radical, two-year exploration into biodegradable materials. Storey constructed collection of six dresses chemically fabricated specifically to ‘disappear’, over time in water. The Disappearing dresses are made from textiles developed by Trish Belford and team at Interface, University of Ulster. They dissolve on contact with water. each dress ‘behaves’ differently as it is submerged. Using fashion as a metaphor, the dresses symbolise our disappearing world and have triggered a broad dialogue with diverse audeiences around shared habits of consumprion and waste.
In order to elucidate the collision of fashion and science in ‘Wonderland’ the model Alice Dellal was shot by Nick Night in a film short showing the dissolve of one of the outfits dissappearing from her body in seconds.