Hussein Chalayan guest edits Wallpaper’s October 2019 issue
As per Wallpaper* tradition, we’ve handed over the reins to two trailblazing talents for our October issue (W*247). Joining artist Jenny Holzer, fashion designer Hussein Chalayan has guest edited our biggest – and most anticipated – issue of the year
A quarter century ago, Hussein Chalayan launched himself from London’s Central Saint Martins with pieces of silk and rusted but animated iron filings, a star-making collection. Since then, he has proved himself British fashion’s most adventurous mind. A dynamic cutter and shaper, he has tapped into technology and ethnography, toyed with decay and dissolution, created tables that turn into dresses and dresses that magic into hats.
For our October 2019 issue (W*247) – on newsstands now – we spent time with Chalayan in London, and his hometown Northern Nicosia in Cyprus, now emerging as a unique creative hub. He also corrals friends and collaborators to outline ideas that shape his work, from artists to choreographers.
‘There won’t be any ideas left to steal if designers like me aren’t able to function’ – Hussein Chalayan
Elsewhere, photographer Brigitte Niedermair reframes his high-concept fashion in a series of edifying vignettes, showcasing pieces from his extensive archive against his recent designs, demonstrating his lasting relevance and capturing his intense originality. As the fashion designer says in his interview here with writer Caroline Roux, ‘There won’t be any ideas left to steal if designers like me aren’t able to function.’