Paris Couture

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Published November 26, 2008

EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THE FLIRTATION BETWEEN ART AND FASHION. BUT IT REALLY IS ONLY FLIRTING. THE ROMANCE HASN’T BEEN CONSUMMATED, AND IT’S UNLIKELY TO EVER GO ALL THE WAY. BUT IF THERE IS ANY REAL MEETING POINT BETWEEN ART AND FASHION, IT’S PROBABLY IN THE SPIRIT OF COUTURE. LIKE ART, COUTURE IS ABOUT THE ORIGINAL. ABOUT AN ELABORATELY CRAFTED, FANTASTICALLY CREATIVE PRODUCT THAT IS CONSPICUOUSLY USELESS BUT APPEALS TO AN ALMOST FANATICAL ELITE OF COLLECTORS AND CONNOISSEURS. IT MAY NOT BEFOR YOU OR ME, BUT ISN’T THAT THE POINT?

The organ at a Parisian concert hall inspired me—a visual effect that i tried to translate in shapes, embroideries, and volumes. As for the frames around the face: It’s like a face tiara . . . and it is amusing to walk around as if one were one’s own painting.Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel

Paris Couture

By
Photography Mikael Jansson

Published November 26, 2008

EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT THE FLIRTATION BETWEEN ART AND FASHION. BUT IT REALLY IS ONLY FLIRTING. THE ROMANCE HASN’T BEEN CONSUMMATED, AND IT’S UNLIKELY TO EVER GO ALL THE WAY. BUT IF THERE IS ANY REAL MEETING POINT BETWEEN ART AND FASHION, IT’S PROBABLY IN THE SPIRIT OF COUTURE. LIKE ART, COUTURE IS ABOUT THE ORIGINAL. ABOUT AN ELABORATELY CRAFTED, FANTASTICALLY CREATIVE PRODUCT THAT IS CONSPICUOUSLY USELESS BUT APPEALS TO AN ALMOST FANATICAL ELITE OF COLLECTORS AND CONNOISSEURS. IT MAY NOT BEFOR YOU OR ME, BUT ISN’T THAT THE POINT?

The organ at a Parisian concert hall inspired me—a visual effect that i tried to translate in shapes, embroideries, and volumes. As for the frames around the face: It’s like a face tiara . . . and it is amusing to walk around as if one were one’s own painting.Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel