Born in Cyprus and educated in Britain, Hussein Chalayan works along the thin line that separates fashion from art: he normally shows in Paris and, at the same time, regularly collaborates with museums and contemporary art centers all over the world. For the first public showing of his men’s collection - in collaboration with Pitti Immagine, a world premiere for the 64th edition of Pitti Immagine Uomo - Hussein Chalayan has made a film, Temporal Meditations, which he wrote and directed himself.
The 20 minute short film was shot in Athens, in an airport, a place which represents the new frontiers between countries and a symbol of themes dear to the designer: traces of the past, absence and presence, references to Cyprus. Mark Segal, a photographer and personal friend of Chalayan, and Sophie Hill, a Greek actress, are the protagonists of this very dream-like story.
The evolution of history has offered a sequential and progressive vision of time, preserved through the use of the written word. In the film, Hussein Chalayan proposes to blend past and present through the ancient migratory routes which characterized the country of his birth, using genetic anthropology as the key to determining ethnic paths through space.
In this way, clothing can be seen as a kind of archaeological talisman, containing splinters of past and present and, almost paradoxically, eventually becoming a frozen fragment of its own archaeological plan.
Hussein Chalayan / Temporal Meditations
"Historical discourse has exemplified a view of time as sequential and progressive which has been embalmed through the use of the printed word.
Hussein Chalayan is proposing to conflate past and present through historical migratory routes which have composed his homeland Cyprus, using genetic anthropology as a key in determining these ethnic movements across space.
This garment can be viewed as an archaeological talisman which morphs slivers of past and present, ultimately and perhaps paradoxically becoming a frozen fragment of its own archaeological quest".