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Fashion designer Franck Sorbier put on more than a fashion show at Paris Fashion Week, he put on a narrative light show.
The French designer used light projection on the backdrops and upon a single white gowns to recount a French fairytale written in 1695 by Charles Perrault with his newest Autumn/Winter Haute Couture collection.
Donkey Skin (Peau d'Ane)is the story of a widowed king set on marrying his own daughter, who escapes his clutches by demanding a series of impossible gowns; the color of the sky, moon or sun.
Two dresses represented canvases for the high-tech presentation. An off the shoulder white ball gown and a sculptural black dress with the pointed headdress of the sorceress:
As the model clad in the white gown represented the Princess, images flashed on both the backdrop and the gown itself to tell the narrative of her desire to flee.
There's a happy ending, though. As she falls in love with a prince, a beating heart appears on a blood red gown:
..transforming into a white dress with butterflies fluttering up and away, into the blue skies and beyond:
“The collection is a bridge between the past, the present and what the future could be,” explained Franck, who had teamed up with the software giant Intel for the high-tech side of the project.
“It’s about how with a little imagination you can bring together two worlds that are diametrically opposed,” he said.
“And it is about how we can take haute couture into the future to ensure it survives.”
The finale featured pieces from Franck Sorbier's past collections to serve as reminders that The nature of couture is timeless:
Thanks to hello magazine, reuters and the associated press for images and information
The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault