We snagged this GIF from Dezeen, because a standalone image it’s just so weird. A stoic woman in a bulky/futuristic outfit tears away packaging on her chest to unleash feathers and confetti. You’d think there’d be a really good story behind this one.
It turns out there are a lot of stories going on here, and I’m not sure any of them really make sense. The GIF is from Hussein Chalayan’s Autumn Winter 2017 show—a collection that’s somehow inspired by “universal personhood,” democracy, Greek folklore, and the “new, isolated individuals that the current world order is generating.”
The garments themselves kinda remind me of Star Trek: The Next Generation extras, which is a cultural point of reference that I guess communicates some of the above concepts? At any rate, I do like the idea of introverts wearing “IN CASE OF PARTY: BREAK GLASS” style tops full of glitter.
Or in the words of Chalayan:
“The Balkan era of Greek folk culture is used as a symbol of historical empowerment throughout the collection, connecting today’s sense of world citizenship to the ideals of personhood stemming from European Philhellenic sentiments of the early 19th century.”