Spring–Summer 1999, A.F. Vandevorst
October 1998, Paris
People who come to Paris to see shows include editors, stylist, photographers, hairdressers, make-up artists, and models. After the shows, those people go back to their countries and created images with their own printed media. Magazines and media culture have been well established throughout the world, and the amount of information spread by them is overwhelming. Designers are struggling to feel for a method, which accurately conveys the image that they want to create. Conventional shows, pretentious luxury, and overly expressed fantasy, those start looking dated. A.F. Vandevorst however, has managed to create an eye-opening show.
In the corridor were people waited for the opening of the door, there were sandwiches on the left and chocolate on the right. Having a light snack, we recover from fatigue and retain sanity after running from show to show with empty stomach all day. Upon entering the room, we found models lying on beds. Dress and skirts were arranged from pillowcases, shirts were with diagonally distorted flaps, and pleated skirts were folded and sewn as is. We took photos fanatically. We could have a close look at the clothes and see all the details. The girls on the beds had no make-up and they did not seem to care about the wrinkles in their dresses or the disorder of their hair. Eventually, they started to rise up one by one and the show had begun. A very unique stage-effect that capsized conventional shows where you have to line-up in a long queue and wait a long time for the opening and you don’t even get to see the whole model’s figure.
Paris Collection Individuals, 1998–––1999––– Nakako Hayashi, Little More