Whoever thought that a tech geek would lead the forefront of contemporary fashion in UK. But Hussein-Chalayan, twice named “British Designer of the Year” has managed to do it,in style. His strongest points are considered to be his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitudes to new technology.
His first detailed presentation of work is being exhibited in the Design Museum of London from the 22nd January to 17th May 2009. Here are some exhibits which have captured the much-deserved international attention.
‘Afterwords’ which explores the notion of ‘wearable, portable architecture’ in which furniture literally transforms itself into garments.
‘Airborne’ – bringing the latest LED technology to fashion design with a spectacular dress consisting of Swarovski crystals and over 15,000 flickering LED lights.
‘Before Minus Now’ a dress made of materials used in aircraft construction which changes shape by remote control and ‘Readings’ a dress comprising of over 200 moving lasers presenting an extraordinary spectacle of light.
But what is heartening about his work is that it doesn’t aim to mindlessly use technology and is hugely inspired by themes such as cultural identity, displacement and migration. Tickets available in advance from Ticketweb.