When Nick Knight was approached to create installations to grace the windows of Paris' Le Printemps department store during February and March 2012, the first model that leapt to mind was Daphne Guinness - a living embodiment of Le Printemps' Spring/Summer theme of 'Visions Couture', captured in sculpture, interactives and a selection of fashion films set against soundtracks of opera and spoken-word poetry recorded in Guinness' own voice.
The resulting fashion films, interactives and three-dimensional sculptures - a set of each capturing the Divine Daphne in creations by contemporary fashion's finest including Gareth Pugh, Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela, Junya Watanabe and Paco Rabanne - form the centrepiece of the fashion windows of Paris' Le Printemps department store in Spring 2012. Guinness herself recorded the musical accompaniments for each of Knight's unique filmic explorations of Spring 2012 fashion, with Guinness' voice sitting as entirely one-off soundtracks for these exceptional video pieces.
A live shoot broadcast over 21-22 December 2011 allowed viewers to witness every step of the creative process, and the vitrines imagery is showcased here. A camera situated in the window of Le Printemps Paris broadcasts the public at large interacting with the window pieces throughout February and March 2012.
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