The English/Turkish-Cypriot fashion designer, who's been likened to Alexander McQueen for his experimental designs, has an avante-garde dance performance in the works. He's teamed up with acclaimed British dance institution Sadler Wells for the show, titled Gravity Fatigue, which he will direct and design for an ensemble of 13 dancers with the help of choreographer Damien Jalet.
Chalayan and Sadler Wells have history: that coffee table skirt was first presented on the Sadler Wells stage and he's been called on to design the costumes for many of their past shows. "I feel very honoured to be given this opportunity at Sadler's Wells, to be able to extend my interests and world view into the realms of performance and dance," he told Dazed. "Fashion for me is a very important part of culture, however, in many cases clothes can limit the expression of certain ideas. This production will allow me to showcase ideas which I have been collecting for many years and to build narratives around and with the body in a much broader context than ever seen before in my work."
Heading to London? Gravity Fatigue premieres on October 28. Visit sadlerwells.com.