Hussein Chalayan – Readings – laser dresses

Hussein Chalayan laser dress

Hussein Chalayan laser dress

Furthering his technological trend,  Chalayan unveiled the collection entitlled Readings,  on screen, eshewing the conventional runway. The dresses themselves are highly structured, creating bold silhouettes from which the laser beams radiate. They are embellished with Swarovski crystals that either deflect the lasers, or take in their light, depending on the angle of the laser. The effect is hauntingly beautiful; where lasers shine directly into Swarovski crystals, they resemble glowing embers, yet where they are deflected the laser beams project into the surrounding space, evoking phantasmagorical new-age sun gods.

Twice named “British Designer of the Year”, Hussein Chalayan is an internationally regarded fashion designer renowned for his architectural tailoring and progressive use of new technology. His spring 2008 collection Readings was inspired by themes of ancient sun worship and the contemporary phenomenon of celebrity, illustrated by pieces that literally emanate light. The extending laser beams represent the relationship between audience and icon.  Waldemeyer’s engineering genius made this challenging vision possible.

Hundreds of lasers were integrated into each piece, attached by custom-designed, servo-driven brass hinges. This allows the lasers to move, transforming the dresses from static objects to living, ephemeral forms that constantly change, interacting with the space around them.  The result is one of the most dynamic examples of a new fusion, where fashion and design meet, each enhancing the other.

Hussein Chalayan laser hat

Hussein Chalayan laser hat

Hussein Chalayan laser dresses

Hussein Chalayan laser dresses

Hussein Chalayan laser outfit

Hussein Chalayan laser outfit

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