Whether finding it in a muse à la Gianni Versace, or from a film like Marie Antoinette (See: Fenty x Puma), all it takes is a spark to ignite the flames of a fashion designer’s creativity. The field of art is no exception. We’ve seen countless examples of art on runways season after season, from Saint Laurent’s iconic Mondrian dress to Raf Simons’s Sterling Ruby-printed gown during his time at Dior. The latest designer to delve into the arts? Joseph Altuzarra.
As a longtime fan of photographer Charles Fréger’s work, Altuzarra had been in touch with the photographer for several months leading up to his Spring/Summer 2018 show. His favorite series include the Pagan ritual-inspired “Wilder Mann,” “Yokainoshima” (an exploration of Japan’s masked ritual figures), and Fréger’s book Portraits in Lace: Breton Women.
The inspiration for the designer’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection began with Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film Princess Mononoke. Its narrative centers on the conflict between nature and industry, one that uncannily reflects our grim environmental reality. This then inspired Altuzarra to explore knitting, sewing, and all things handmade—a newfound fascination with the imperfect—which then led him to Fréger.
Right before the show last October at Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris, Fréger joined Atluzarra for a collaborative series of photos, to bring the looks inspired by his snapshots to life. Focusing on the theme of nature/nurture, the pair produced a gorgeous series of photos that speak to the intricate nature of creative collaboration.END
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