Antwerp based fashion label A.F.Vandevorst don’t mind stepping outside of the predicability of ready-to-wear fashion into more experimental art projects. In 2002 they produced the costumes for the Dutch Opera’s rendition of Janáček’s The Makropoulos Affair, which tells the tale of a Roman Emperor who tests an experimental life-extending potion on his daughter. The potion ends up putting his daughter into a deep coma. Thanks dad.
You could say the latest project by the Flemish duo for the Arnhem Mode Biennale continues in the same vein. A full sized wax caste of a sleeping girl holds a series of candles, which burn slowly through her head, torso and limbs. The hand held camera work combined with a haunting ambient soundtrack heightens the macabre sensations An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx were no doubt trying to conjure up. The mold was produced by taxidermist Richard Philips.