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Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan (*1970, Nicosia, Cyprus) is a Turkish Cypriot fashion designer who has lived in Britain since childhood. Since founding his own label in 1993, Chalayan has made a name for himself as a creator of conceptual, committed and poetic garments who is not afraid to cross the boundaries of architecture, design and art. Chalayan, known for his spectacular, choreographed fashion shows, likes to incorporate high-tech elements into his creations. He has also made several art films, such as Anaesthetics (2004), in which various elements of his fashion shows play a part, such as their duration, their white-clad models, and certain accessories and garments, while the whole is staged in a theatrical decor. Divided into 11 scenes, the film exposes the violence hidden in the ceremonies and codes of our everyday behaviour. While it raises many questions about issues such as nutrition, birth, childhood, sexuality, religion, family life, violence and the culture wars, the film revolves around a series of rituals of great visual intensity that are difficult to escape from.

Artworks

  1. Hussein Chalayan Afterwords, 2000

    Vêtements-housses amovibles et jupe-table basse en acajou
    22 photographies couleur et un film de Marcus Tomlinson
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2000
    Vue de l’exposition Hussein Chalayan, Design Museum, Londres, Grande-Bretagne, 21.01.2009 – 17.05.2009
    © Photo : Luc Hayes/Design Museum, London

  1. Hussein Chalayan Ambimorpheus, 2002-2003

    Collection femme Automne-Hiver 2002-2003
    Robe, manches vertes, chapeau, châle, chaussettes, chaussures
    Laine, acrylique et matériaux divers
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Hussein Chalayan

  1. Hussein Chalayan Anaesthetics, 2004

    Projection vidéo, couleur, son
    22 min 22 s
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2004
    © Photogrammes : Mudam Luxembourg

  1. Hussein Chalayan Anthropology of Solitude, 2004-2005

    Collection Automne-Hiver 2004-2005
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Hussein Chalayan

  1. Hussein Chalayan Kingship Journeys, 2003-2004

    Collection Automne-Hiver 2003-2004
    Robe une pièce en coton
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Hussein Chalayan

  1. Hussein Chalayan Manifest Destiny, 2003

    Vêtement pour femme Printemps-Eté 2003
    Robe une pièce en coton et lycra
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Hussein Chalayan

  1. Hussein Chalayan Medea, 2002

    Collection Printemps-Eté 2002
    Robe en coton et soie
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Hussein Chalayan

  1. Hussein Chalayan Temporal Meditations, 2004

    Collection Printemps-Eté 2004
    Robe coton
    Collection Mudam Luxembourg
    Acquisition 2003
    © Photo : Hussein Chalayan

Marina Abramović, "Video Portrait Gallery", 1975-1998 | Collection Mudam Luxembourg | Acquisition 2001
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