I have an unbridled respect for architecture in all forms. I find beauty in the structure of a skyscraper, the design of a chair, and even the resilience of a beehive’s honeycomb. To that end, I find that the fashion which brings me the most aesthetic joy, is one that draws not only its inspiration, but also its design from architectural elements. I found myself underwhelmed by most of the fashion that came out of New York Fashion Week; there was a lot of glitz, but little substance behind many fashion designer’s clothing lines. I suppose it’s only fate that I would come across Madame Peripetie, a fashion designer out to restore my faith in high fashion. Instead of trying to tell you about her, this is what she has to say about herself:
Madame Peripetie explores the boundaries between fashion, sculpture and the human body, experimenting with various fabrics and patterns; whilst infusing high-fashion elements with abstract and conceptual ideas, creating an eccentric escapade of color and texture. In her work she is focusing mainly on the interaction between body, language and new media. Her inspirations include surrealism, dadaism as well as the new wave era of the 80s, British post punk scene and the avant garde theater of Robert Wilson.
I’m not sure if high fashion is dead, but if Madame Peripetie has any say in it, it will be a long time before it’s buried for good. Take a look at some of the shots below from the Moody & Farrell SS14 Campaign, as well as the Emma Yeo SS14 Campaign.