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Chandelier dress features in Moschino's singed Autumn Winter 2016 womenswear collection

A model sashayed down the catwalk dressed in a two-tiered crystal chandelier during Italian brand Moschino's Milan Fashion Week show last night.

Moschino womenswear AW16

The metal lighting fixture, complete with electric candles, was the standout look from Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott's Autumn Winter 2016 presentation.

The American designer based his Burnout collection on Il Falò delle Vanità – Bonfire of the Vanities – which took place in Florence in the 1490s. During the event, objects considered sinful were publicly burned.

Moschino womenswear AW16

"Mirrors, musical instruments, manuscripts, works of art and decoration and clothing – beautiful, life-enhancing, liberating clothing – were all put to flame," said the show notes from Scott, who has previously designed a collection of winged prams and an equally avian-influenced edition of a Smart car.

"It was a declaration of small-minded, fear-driven war against the Renaissance virtues of self-expression and intellectual stimulation."

Moschino womenswear AW16

Paraded down a carpeted catwalk between empty gilded picture frames, the Swarovski-crystal chandelier formed a sparkling skirt over a simple black dress.

It was attached around the waist, as if it had fallen from the ceiling and over the model's head.

Moschino womenswear AW16

Other garments in Scott's collection appeared to have been salvaged from the flames, with singed holes in the fabric.

A model wearing a tattered blue dress and long black gloves appeared to be on fire as smoke billowed from her outfit.

Moschino womenswear AW16

The smoke machine was hidden underneath the charred skirt and crinoline, creating an effect that Scott described as "apocalypse wow".

More crystals were sprinkled onto sheer gowns to look like smashed pieces of mirror, while another dress was adorned with splintered wood and tangled strings from a "brutalised grand piano".

Moschino womenswear AW16

Brightly coloured dresses with oversized bows and gathered fabric at the hips featured blackened outlines and uneven hems to also look scorched.

Other items in the collection were decorated with crystals to create shapes of skeletons on black material, while some were patterned to match the gold frames of the set design.

Moschino womenswear AW16

This season's Milan Fashion Week runs from 24 February to 1 March 2016. Prada's show also took place yesterday at the public penance theatre set designed by AMO.

Project credits:

Hair: Paul Hanlon at Julian Watson Agency
Makeup: Tom Pecheux and the MAC PRO team
Stylist: Carlyne Cerf De Dudzeele
Music: Michel Gaubert
Hats: Stephen Jones
Crystals: Swarovski