Paris – Dries van Noten imagined an eccentric meeting between music and literary creatives Frank Zappa and Oscar Wilde for his autumn/winter 2012 menswear collection, presented alongside a live artists’ mural installation.
Mixing Zappa’s dialogues with a plummy-voiced narration of Wilde’s The Happy Prince, models walked the runway alongside a team of artists painting a mural featuring Wilde’s words and Zappa’s energetic execution.
Van Noten, who described the collection as ‘psychedelic elegance’, delivered his inspiration in two ways: prints packed with narrative and detail matched to a solemn, tailored, military-tinged Victorian story.
Van Noten took on board the heightened perceptions of the psychedelic 60s in the motifs borrowed from Dutch artist Gijs Frieling and the re-interpretation of Wilde’s words by calligraphy artist Letman. These two artists painted the mural backdrop at the same time as the show.
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