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  • Simon Costin’s “Impossible Catwalk Shows” at the Fashion Space Gallery. Photography by Katy Davies.

  • Simon Costin’s “Impossible Catwalk Shows” at the Fashion Space Gallery. Photography by Katy Davies.

  • Simon Costin’s “Impossible Catwalk Shows” at the Fashion Space Gallery. Photography by Katy Davies.

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  1. […] Simon Costin's “Impossible Catwalk Shows” at the Fashion Space Gallery, London A new exhibition at The London College of Fashion's Fashion Space Gallery, featuring the latest works by celebrated set-designer Simon Costin, questions the traditional structure of runway shows, offering an alternative to the dictatorship of … Read more on HGIssue […]

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Simon Costin’s “Impossible Catwalk Shows” at the Fashion Space Gallery, London

A new exhibition at The London College of Fashion’s Fashion Space Gallery, featuring the latest works by celebrated set-designer Simon Costin, questions the traditional structure of runway shows, offering an alternative to the dictatorship of minimalist sets and predictable fashion presentations. Titled “Impossible Catwalk Shows”, the exhibition is based around a series of model sets that echo real and imaginary places where a different fashion show could be held, from a cupboard forest to an abandoned nuclear station. Simon Costin, who is famous for his collaborations with Alexander McQueen or Gareth Pugh and his set-designs for photographers like Tim Walker and Paolo Roversi, challenges our preconceived ideas of fashion, showing us how it can interact with its surrounding environment, as well as with art, theatre design and scenography, in order to offer a completely new experience to the spectators.

“What I want to present here is a series of suggestions as to how fashion presentations could be; an invitation to dream and speculate. A collection shown as graffiti strewn across a deserted street; a collection displayed in a forest, where guests are handed binoculars and invited to spot the models, perched like exotic birds among the branches; or a deserted nuclear power station, the interior encrusted with crystals, with a collection that slowly decays,” says Costin, who, other than presenting some definitive designs, wanted to create a series of starting points and “what ifs” that would trigger our imagination. The exhibition is also accompanied by Costin’s sketches, notebooks and mood boards that offer a sneak peek of the working processes of set design and the way it manages to embody the inspiration hidden behind every fashion collection. Simon Costin’s “Impossible Catwalk Shows” will be on view at the Fashion Space Gallery, London, until December 13, 2014.