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Vanessa Friedman: Chalayan A/W 00

published on 16 April 2021

‘This was the moment that presaged all the work that Hussein did afterwards, really looking at...the way that clothes almost act like engineered mechanisms on the body to change it’

Revered fashion critic Vanessa Friedman recounts legendary fashion moments, selecting the show where Hussein Chalayan made furniture into wearable fashion. Held in the Sadler's Wells theatre in London, the show marked a pivotal moment for fashion as performance art, and for Chalayan as a designer. Friedman revisits London as a creative hotspot at the turn of the millennium to talk about Chalayan's reputation as an intellectual designer and the A/W 00 collection's underlying theme of immigration.

‘This was the moment that presaged all the work that Hussein did afterwards, really looking at...the way that clothes almost act like engineered mechanisms on the body to change it’

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