The fashion world sees his work as genius but the rest of world is left completely surprised after Rick Owen sends his models out on the catwalk wearing flesh-and-blood accessories, as human back-packs in his Spring/Summer collection 2015. Just how far does a designer have to go until the art world cannot find an interpretation for a stunt on the runway anymore? Or will there always be further connotations behind the extreme nevertheless high fashion.
They say “fashion is a cycle” and styles will always come around again but with the world drastically changing with technology and movements it’s hard to remember this phrase.
We are suddenly obsessive about 70s style at this moment with all mannequins dressed in boot-cut trousers in every store window. Besides, is it all about WOMEN these days? Even men are intrigued by the F word and want to prove a point about feminism. Owen answered a Q and A session on Tumblr and expressed that he was inspired by the legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz, a photograph she took of artist Leigh Bowery and his wife Nicola, as he lifted his wife in a harness that they would use for a birthing performance, therefore his cat-walk stunt was almost a “tribute to female strength” that could suggest the physical labours of pregnancy.
Other connotations were persuaded such as friendship, feminism and attachment. As for the clothes? Owen is not the kind of designer who follows trends every season, similarly to designers like Alexander McQueen, can a catwalk performance be of more interest than the clothing? Has it now become almost a great achievement when an individual is more likely to remember a catwalk from the show and just that, or in this case the human accessory?