Style.com fashion reportage of his fashion show 2007 with the wonderful Tim Banks:
Hussein Chalayan was born in nicosia, cyprus in 1970.Chalayan is an internationally regarded fashion designer who is renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitude to new technology. he was educated both in cyprus and england,at london’s strict highgate boarding school.in 1993 he graduated from london’s central st martins college of art and design. he caused a sensation with his graduate collection – decomposed silk dresses he had buried and exhumed. since then he has produced more than 20 collections and twice been crowned british designer of the year (1999, 2000). Chalayan is inspired by architectural theories, science and technology. he famously produced a collection which included chairs and tables that became garments.Vodpod videos no longer available.
Chalayan has also designed costumes for opera and dance performances.Hussein Chalayan represented turkey at the 51st art biennale in venice (2005). He was awarded the M.B.E. (member of the order of the british empire) in the 2006 queen’s birthday honors list for his services to the fashion Industry. Since 2008 he is also Head designer of the german brand Puma.
In early 2008, he designed a series of laser LED dresses in collaboration with luxury label Swarovski, showcased in Tokyo.
His newest exhibition:
“İstanbul Modern is pleased to present the most comprehensive exhibition in Turkey of works by Hussein Chalayan, one of the leading names of contemporary art and fashion.
Presenting fashion as an area for exploration, where concepts find an expression, Hussein Chalayan challenges the preconceived notions about the meaning of clothing. Inspired by ideas drawn from disciplines not readily associated with fashion, and motivated by the political, social and economic realities of today, he creates designs that explore his conceptual ideas with a philosophical approach. His garments are imbued with the thought processes behind them while his acclaimed runway shows function as performance pieces. Besides fashion collections, he makes installations, directs short films and designs costumes for stage.
Previously presented at the Design Museum, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, this touring exhibition curated by Donna Loveday brings together fashion collections, installations and films produced by Hussein Chalayan between the years 1994 and 2010. Inspired by architecture, philosophy, science, history, anthropology, biology and technology, the selected works reflect Chalayan‟s views on a range of themes including genetics, technological progress, displacement, migration and cultural identity.”
Amazing fashion show, where the cloths can transform themselves! really impressive!