Liberate the poetic imagination and outburst the world of dreams through the breaking of rational constraints
Since ever, the world of fashion and art are interlaced never making us missing shots of the catwalk scene, with clamorous new reinterpretative visions. One of the artistic currents to which many designers have entrusted to create new innovative ideas is certainly the surrealist one. A surrealistic connection, done by dress, body and by his unconscious instincts: a breaking of rational constraints, where it is possible to find the inner strength, where the dream, childhood, the imaginary and wonderful are the main sources of inspiration in the art-fashion bond.
Today we can say that art is back on the catwalk of the parisian fashion designer Jacquemus for Autumn / Winter 2015-2016. Simon Ports Jacquemus, a young french designer, for his collection, named L’enfant du soleil / The son of the sun, collaborated with the photographer and artist Sebastian Bieniek from Berlin, showing on the catwalk the artistic continuation of the photographic series Doubleface. A unique collaboration, which has united the world of art, fashion and beauty. Bieniek, has transformed the models into living works of art.
The artist with the use of an eye pencil and a lipstick, managed to investigate in a sublime way the concepts of illusion and duality, in a surrealist artistic vision. The doubled faces, with three-quarters drawings on the face, followed by faces covered with masks of paper, where they become for the artist white canvases, to draw, just as children struggling with their first drawings in kindergarten.
The infant vision of Jacquemus has been revisited with innocent nudity, unusual volumes, in a patchwork of materials, where the garments cuts, looking almost random, recalled the undefined cuts made by children. Jacquemus has shown in his creations the artistic world of Bieniek, repurposing his surrealist art. You can also find these artistic surrealist references, as in the symbolism of the hands, which reminds us of the creations of Elsa Schiaparelli, repurposed by Man Ray in the portrait of Dora Maar and faces painted by Picasso, an inspiration for the works of Bieniek.
The surrealism comes back on the catwalk, using make-up and a lot of creativity to subvert the boundaries of the human physiognomy, where duality, leads us to the path of the history of dualism in personality, the dualism that is in each one of us, that is in a continuous masking of the human being.
This artistic collaboration shows us how it is easy living of imagination by removing the rational part that is in our lives, bringing the Surrealist concept in a stylised version, understandable and pure, returning to the childhood, playing on pure simplicity, quality possessed only by children.
Test by Chiara Manzoni