Runway Gallery: Givenchy Spring 2011 Couture Is A Feathered Robot Fantasy

Yup. Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci was inspired by Japan. Not the more obvious aspects of Japanese culture and style you’d expect to be cited by a designer, but the Japan of robot toys (which you’ll get pretty instantly when you see the models’ helmets), of an extreme performance art called butoh, and of cranes. Tisci also cast Asian models only for the small, astoundingly detailed collection. By astoundingly detailed I mean “2000 hours of cutting and 4000 hours of sewing” on one of the dresses alone. This is couture, after all. For a man who makes some of the best goth uniforms in the industry, it’s a bit of departure, but there is a remarkable a-ha moment at the end when the girls stand together and form a beautiful, delicate screen. See the rest at Style.com.

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