"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."

— Willy Vanderperre
Hussein Chalayan spring / summer 1998
2001 (minus 3)
Curator Terry Jones selected 22 designers representing Fashion’s avant garde to contribute their talents to a vision of fashion’s relationship with film. 
The Leopolda was divided into zones representing the four elements - earth, wind, water and fire. Each designer was asked to choose the element they feel personally closest to.
fashion / cinema: biennale di firenze

Hussein Chalayan spring / summer 1998

2001 (minus 3)

Curator Terry Jones selected 22 designers representing Fashion’s avant garde to contribute their talents to a vision of fashion’s relationship with film.

The Leopolda was divided into zones representing the four elements - earth, wind, water and fire. Each designer was asked to choose the element they feel personally closest to.

fashion / cinema: biennale di firenze


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