Clothes dissolve on the catwalk during Hussein Chalayan's Spring Summer 2016 show

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Designer Hussein Chalayan's Paris Fashion Week show featured a catwalk shower that dissolved a pair of soluble outfits, revealing delicate garments underneath (+ slideshow).

Hussein Chalayan's melting clothes for Spring Summer 2016
Photograph by Dan Lecca

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

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Two models wearing white thigh-length jackets stood on small podiums within a large tray-like area in the centre of the catwalk. A low portion of ceiling was punctured by holes positioned above the models.

As water poured down through the gaps, the clothes began to disintegrate and fall away as if made from tissue.


Video showing Hussein Chalayan's Spring Summer 2016 show

The dresses revealed underneath were patterned with lines of thick black stitching and appliqué white petal shapes, each of which had clear jewels attached below.

Hussein Chalayan's melting clothes for Spring Summer 2016
Photograph by Dan Lecca

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.

Hussein Chalayan's melting clothes for Spring Summer 2016
Photograph by Dan Lecca

Shoes with cylindrical wooden blocks for heels and leather uppers were tied to ankles using lengths of rope. A few mens looks also featured in Chalayan's predominantly womenswear range.

Hussein Chalayan's melting clothes for Spring Summer 2016
Photograph by Jason Lloyd-Evans

The Cyprus-born British designer celebrated his 21st year in business this year, and opened his first store in London's Mayfair to coincide with the anniversary.

  • Ruken Karakuş

    The faces of the models tells everything.

    • tom

      Yes, they tell you that they are being showered with water.

      • fresh10

        *Cold water.

  • Concerned Citizen

    Other than perversions, what’s the point?

    • R

      What’s the point of art that you don’t get or like?

      • Concerned Citizen

        Art doesn’t vanish.

    • fresh10

      Is there any room for poetry in you life my friend?

      • Concerned Citizen

        Clothes vanishing in the rain is far from poetry.

        • fresh10

          I suppose butterflies going through metamorphosis is also far from poetic?

          • Concerned Citizen

            Non-sequitur, thanks.

          • fresh10

            I struggle to see how the statement is non-sequitur. Is fashion to you a vehicle in which only utility can be expressed?

          • Concerned Citizen

            Apparently, you also struggle to understand what was said.

    • Debz

      Fashion, darling.

    • You can stand in the auto-repair section in WalMart and really soak up the ambiance of things with specific points if it makes you feel about the world.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Non-sequitur. Thanks.

      • Concerned Citizen

        Thanks for the non-sequitur.

  • Lull

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