Hussein Chalayan ’98-’99

I already posted this at La Maladie Tropicale a while back but it's worth reposting.
Thank you Phrost for sharing these.

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"Between", spring 1998
"Panoramic", winter 1998
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  1. Niki says:

    I think the whole collection is star wars, meets spaceballs, meets high fashion.
    basically, i adore.
    great post.

  2. Hannah says:

    So I’m new to having a blog, so I’m not quite sure of the “etiquette” but I love yours, and I linked it on mine, and was wondering if you’d do the same for me. It’s a brand new little baby blog.

  3. alina says:

    Haha, first poster said it all. This collection also reminds me of Brancusi’s sculptures.

  4. madeleine says:

    this collection is amazing.
    where do you get all this information?-do you just check the designers websites?

  5. stllptrc says:

    I love Chalayan, the video of his Spring 07 show always makes me cry a little bit, as inexplicable as that may be

  6. yo says:

    your post reminded me of this video

    you can find more of Floria Sigismondi’s (the director) videos here

  7. Eva says:

    That first photo will now become my wallpaper. Thanks! haha

  8. Brigadeiro says:

    LOVE Chalayan! He is a true artist, and is simply…incredible!

  9. anna says:

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  10. Carys says:

    This stuff is so CRAP!
    This is NOT fashion, its dressing up some anorexic girls in ridiculous outfits and making millions of dollars from it!
    Give us some real fashion!

  11. p+q says:

    the reason why hussein chalayan bewilders people is the reason why i love it. he confuses, stuns, takes people’s perceptions beyond what they already know, throws you off-center. it’s as real as fashion can be, i think.

  12. keren says:

    Astounding.This is pretty amazing, I’d say.

  13. You should check out Alexander Mcqueen’s Nuclear Winter collection. :)

  14. actually he is a turkish designer (I am turkish too) and his original name is “HÜSEYİN ÇAĞLAYAN” and he is very succesful of the world I think
    visit me at :

  15. luxirare says:

    collections have been dissapointing lately. seems as if creativity in fashion has disintegrated into building corporate luxury empires, and i appreciate that you posted archival garments of a brilliant designer.
    The future of fashion worries me, what will happen when all these ideas are recycled and every cut + pasted combination has come and gone?
    please keep these kinds of posts coming!

  16. melissa says:

    Aah i love it all.
    Whatever happened with your meet-and-greet? how did it go? x
    visit my blog whenever, its just starting up

  17. it’s weird to see some of these things to me because ive grown up around some of these silhouettes my whole life.
    now im wondering if you could be able to find givenchy mcqueen era, there’s something that i saw on fashion file once when i was young, and the image of it remains permanently burned into my brain. and ive never been able to find a picture of it!

  18. Nihan says:

    He is not Turkish but Cypriot, well Turkish Cypriot let’s say. I have been following his work for quite a while now. He describes himself as an artist who likes to present his work on human body and I am sure he does not make millions of dollars out of it. Actually he also directs short movies which he says is just another way to express himself. He is really talented and anyone should think twice before trashing someone else’s work.

  19. ce says:

    I am not his biggest fan but there is a retrospective of his career on now at London’s Design Museum and it was quite impressive.

  20. the voguette says:

    He is so much more than just a “fashion designer” and dubbing him an “artist” is not enough to really capture the innovation and creativity he brings to his works – these are extraordinary pieces of moving art. I look forward to what he does next!

  21. These are amaaaazing. I especially love the one with the super long sleeves!

  22. deltay says:

    Whoa – that is intensely out of this world.

  23. Catherine says:

    Beautiful…this makes me want to go buy a star wars mask and put it across my face and walk the streets!

  24. Sydnie says:

    Another amazing post, Jane! I’m loving the pictures .. very high fashion!

  25. Emily says:

    Sorry but I think this is all disgusting and almost offensive. Don’t get me wrong, I love your clothing and shoes but this line is repulsive. I feel like I’m looking at Donnie Darko gone horribly wrong.

  26. mandi says:

    wow. this is incredible. I love the light in the first photo. The red dress sans sleeves is stunning, and the top with the straightjacket-esque sleeves is crazy good.

  27. Julie says:

    Waouh that’s great, so conceptual ! He has become a little more commercial since then…

  28. Ann says:

    chalayan goes way beyond fashion — he makes you rethink forms and reimagine the way we represent the human body. i think it’s amazing.

  29. S.Elisabeth says:

    Not gonna lie, it reminds me strongly of Star Wars, particularly the first one (Queen Amedala?)
    PS you’re a shoe person, so maybe you could help me? What does one wear to walk miles and miles (I’m traveling) while having comfort and style? I’m trying to think of some (I posted some on my blog), but still I’m a bit at a lost. Thanks =)

  30. Amanda says:

    I think fashion is supposed to make us question what we see and know. This collection definitely does that. And the fact that it is so controversial makes it all the more intriguing. This spun my brain for a loop, and I like it. It is creative and new, and the concept is something unexplored. Maybe fashion can finally move forward from cocktail dresses and pea coats. :)

  31. Lush Lover says:

    We had a HUGE discussion about this over on the Lush Forum
    check it out ;)

  32. Agnes says:

    Hi Jane. Love that. I also love the part of the Between collection where he sent out the group of women in different stages of covevred up, from nude to burka.
    btw, saw these, wish they where my size… maybe something for you instead. :)

  33. Mahala says:

    I never used to understand high couture shows till I started studying modern art. Now they’re my favourite thing to watch…I relish seeing designers let go of the restraints of market research and practicality and create all these kinetic installations for the hell of it. This is not what makes them millions…this is what they do with the millions they make designing clothes we actually wear, and we’re all richer for it.

  34. Bline says:

    I wonder how the girls can see through these masks…

  35. Eda says:

    Hey! That’s a designer from my country, Turkey. I’m glad that you like his designs, Jane. :)
    Keep up the great work! I really enjoy your blog!

  36. frida27 says:

    the model on the right is Giselle Bundchen?…

  37. Thankyouuuuu for posting this <3

  38. Mehron says:

    Very fascinating, the first woman’s mask is the most striking.
    Also, the bloodstain and the burqa; I wonder what the message of this collection is?

  39. amiko says:

    Hey does anyone know where I can find the video of his 1998 S/S collection “BETWEEN”.
    I’m particularly interested in the ending in which 6 models are wearing chadors from totally covered, getting shorter and shorter until the last model is completely nude only with her face covered.
    I keep looking for it and even on Chalayan’s website, there are no photos or videos of this very controversial sequence. If anyone knows where we can find it please share the info.

  40. Sarah Wauters says:

    It’s interesting, I am not much of a fashion maven, but an artist, a photographer. I found both the “clothing” and the imagery mysterious and yet grounded. Look at the artwork of the head pieces and yet the beautiful simplicity of the footwear. Some of the outfits reminded me of what Tina Modotti or Gloria Steinem might wear – very practical almost peasant like shoes. And yet also like medieval armour. Thought provoking.

  41. CrossRoads says:

    Oh yes, absolutely you are right. Chalayan is one of our so proud fashion gurus. Glad that I come over your really ‘interesting’ site and to be found so worthy articles to read.

  42. ..okay, so i need a cute dress to wear when i go out…simple slightly sexy BLACK dress. Also, not expensive please…

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  44. The fashion designers draw out the body form and then make copys for an easy trace, do they use basic templates, or do they know how to draw body forms quickly from memory?

  45. buy winstrol says:

    I love Chalayan, the video of his Spring 07 show always makes me cry a little bit, as inexplicable as that may be

  46. haha, first poster said it all. This collection also reminds me of Brancusi’s sculptures

  47. the reason why hussein chalayan bewilders people is the reason why i love it. he confuses, stuns, takes people’s perceptions beyond what they already know, throws you off-center. it’s as real as fashion can be, i think