Geotropics by Hussein Chalayan S/S 1999
Geotropism is the ability of plants to react to gravity. When a plant is laid onto its side, the stems will however grow upwards (negative geotropism).
This phenomenon could represent, metaphorically, the adaptation of all living creatures to an uncommon state of being, the ability to react and find an equilibrium among things. Could it be society, or else.
Doubtlessly, this is one of the most emblematic photograph of this collection, as it bears all its meaning. All the models wore headbands as though recovering from a concussion, along with a great deal of white simple, almost basic, outfits, reminiscent of hospital gowns. This particular picture shows multiple overlapping outfits, as though the “patient” had multiple personalities caused by the head trauma.
This collection also featured an outifit-cum-chair (with models still wearing headbands) possibly hinting at a further recovery; and a metallic dress with metallic clasps almost resembling a very fashionable straitjacket.