Hussein Chalayan Stuns With Dissolvable Clothing

Hussein Chalayan Spring Summer 2016

When you thought that this Paris Fashion Week couldn’t get any better, it does.

Designer Hussein Chalayan’s Paris Fashion Week show started off like any other with two models strutting down the catwalk, only to pose suddenly on small podiums which were positioned in the centre of the catwalk as if waiting for something. What came next was incredible.

The models, who were wearing white thigh-length jackets, were suddenly doused by a shower of water and their clothes which, as if by magic, began to dissolve, revealing delicate garments underneath.

Water soluble fashion at Chalayan. C'est genial!!! Beyond!!! @chalayanstudio

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As water poured down through the gaps, the clothes began to disintegrate and fall away as if made from tissue. (It was later determined, the outerwear, according to a tweet sent out by Susie Bubble, was made of water-soluble paper).

The presentation which was part of the Chalayan Spring Summer 2016 show, took place earlier today at the Salle Melpomène at Paris’ Palais des Beaux-Arts.

Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
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Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
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Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
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Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com
Husseing Chalayan spring summer 2016. Image courtesy of Dezeen.com

Chalayan is renowned for his experimental fashion designs. His previous collections have included two-in-one dresses that transform with a single tug and garments that emit laser beams. The rest of the collection comprised black-and-white designs, floral patterns, and red and camel-coloured outfits made from lightweight fabrics.

The Cyprus-born British designer, who opened his first store in London’s Mayfair, celebrated his 21st year in business this year which also coincided with his store opening.

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