HERMÈS: NEW YORK– PARIS – SHANGHAI, A PRESENTATION IN THREE ACTS
The Maison Hermès offers us a manifest of art in its diverse forms. Reinventing the Runaway show into an exhibition of energies where Fashion gets back to the essential, a unique relation between creation, human and art of a world in continuous movement.
How can we put on a fashion show in today’s world? When times are challenging, we must challenge our own habits. Let us feel free to connect with other cities, other cultures. Let us attempt to be creative together—albeit from a distance. Let us innovate.
More than a fashion show: a living performance, in three acts. At the heart of this three-part performance is a socially distanced Paris fashion show at the Garde Républicaine, broadcast live on various media. The “prologue” takes place not in Paris but in New York, at the Armory Show, where choreographer Madeline Hollander will start things off with a free interpretation of the movements gleaned from Nadège Vanhée-Cybulski’s collection. At the close of the Paris show it’ll be over to Shanghai, where dancers under the direction of choreographer Gu Jiani will conclude the triptych, injecting renewed energy and strength into the collection.
And finally, to preserve this utopian project, The Maison asked Sébastien Lifshitz—a genre-crossing filmmaker steeped in modern dance and fashion—to film the last stages of the triptych’s conception.
Breathing life into clothes by making them our own. Dancing a collection to infuse other bodies, other cities, with movement—even after the show is over.
From New York to Paris, from Paris to Shanghai, three different ways of breathing life into clothes through movement. Three singularly different approaches, creating a sequence. What more satisfying way, in 2021, to inhabit the world together?