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  • Arthur Arbesser fall 2015 presentation

  • Arthur Arbesser fall 2015 presentation

  • Arthur Arbesser fall 2015

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Arthur Arbesser’s artistic homage to Austria

Arthur Arbesser, one of the finalists of this year’s LVMH Prize for young fashion designers, and winner of the 2013 “Who is on Next?” competition by Vogue Italia and AltaRoma, devised a very unusual, art-inspired presentation for his fall 2015 collection during the latest Milan Fashion Week. Vienna-born Arbesser created with the help of architect Luca Cipelletti an impressive installation where the models were transformed into attendants of a captivating piano performance by famous pianist Antoinette van Zabner, who played a piece by Schubert. Arbesser, who wanted to pay homage to his country’s culture, decorated the show space with a series of evocative paintings by Austrian contemporary artist Hermann Nitsch, member of the famous Vienna Actionists group, as well as with an array of vintage chairs created by Austrian designers.

The Austrian influence was also present in Arbesser’s clothes, especially in a series of colorful prints seen in skirts, sweaters and coats that were inspired by Vienna’s Wiener Werkstätte artistic movement, established in 1903 by architect Josef Hoffmann, artist Koloman Moser and industrialist Fritz Wärndorfer. Arbesser also commissioned a traditional Austrian textile company with a series of water-resistant, hand-woven Loden garments that were used in coats and bomber jackets. Combining functionality and excellent craftsmanship, Arbesser added metallic hues and atypical colors and in his masculine-inspired forms, creating a flawless collection that stole the spotlight during this season’s Milan Fashion Week.