There is an intriguing exhibition of the multi-talented Danish fashion designer and artist Henrik Vibskov ongoing in Helsinki. As I do not follow fashion much being more of the self-sewing and recycling type these days, I probably heard about him for the first time in late January when his show had just opened at the Design Museum here. I had to see it, especially as my son had been so impressed he urged me to go. Vibskov’s avant-garde world certainly is crazy marvelous!
Or how would you describe a fashion designer who named one of his latest shows The Stiff Neck Chamber making his models walk through a forest of extra-long flamingo necks hanging above the catwalk?
|Wooden puzzle on the wall.|
A few years back his collection was called The Big Wet Shiny Boobies. He made his models lie on the catwalk in a sea of breasts made of foam.
The inflatable sculpture is the Mint, part of the set for The Mint Institute collection.
This January, Vibskov presented in Paris a collection called The Spaghetti Hand Job which got its theme from food production. The 5-meter-high, 7-meter-wide installation made for this show has been brought to Helsinki. It is a set of three rotating crossbars with fettuccine-like stripes of fabrics hanging from them. I bet the Parisians were not expecting that. No one could. Each Vibskov show will be not only a spectacular experience but a crazy surprise.
Items of the January show will be available only next autumn and winter but several pieces of his earlier collections are on display in Helsinki.
|Fragile Soap Bodies photographed through a soap bubble wall.|
Vibskov also does set design, interior design as well as installations, performances and other experimental artworks. He even plays drums in a band. There seems to be nothing related to design and conceptual arts this imaginative and versatile talent wouldn’t have entered into.
|Nylon Sock Foam Parts.|
|The Russian Boys.|
|Wind Tunnel Plus with 16 rotating cylinders.|
|Visitors could walk inside this piece of art.|
|The graduating collection The Pigs.|
Nevertheless, it would be fascinating to see what kind of costumes Vibskov has designed for the Swan Lake to be premiered at the Norwegian National Ballet in late April. Not to mention it would be a thrill to experience one of his shows one day.
According to an interview, Vibskov who had studied design in Copenhagen only applied to Saint Martins “to impress a really hot girl”. In the short documentary shown at the exhibition, when talking about his universe in relation to that of others he suggests that perhaps he is the one who is ordinary and everyone else is special. I’d welcome his kind of regulars with his kind of an attitude with open arms any day.
|Props from the show of The Bathtub Observer collection.|
The show will continue until 11 May, 2014.