Jun Takahashi brought darkness, femininity and fairy tales to life on the runway in Undercover’s Spring 2015 collection. A highlight of Paris Fashion Week, both the collection and set design portrayed the story of a sinister yet breathtaking fantasy, which Takahashi divided into a series of vignettes. The models, who emerged wearing pastel crinoline dresses with black, feathered wings sprouting out of their shoulder blades and spiked bloom-shaped rings, quickly progressed out of the more folkloric elements of the collection, which consisted of puff-sleeved blouses and full peasant skirts and tutus, to art nouveau styled prints and dresses featuring scenes from Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. Of note, the plastic jewelry showcased was also inspired by Bosch’s work of art. Although Takahashi is infamous for the ways in which he uses his designs to tell intricate stories, he noted the spring 2015 collection stemmed largely from ideas of broken innocence turned into craziness, which explains the show’s black swan themed transition, complete with motorcycle jackets, multi-layered tulle skirts and a finale of dark angels.
Photos courtesy Alessandro Garofalo 2014.
Written by: Lauren Gilliam