Henrik Vibskov

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Backstage Photography by Alastair Philip Wiper


“The Spaghetti Handjob”

Consistent with Henrik Vibskov’s approach to his collections, AW14’s “The Spaghetti Handjob” takes influences from a variety of complimentary and contradictory sources: the relationship between order and disorder; polar exploration; food preparation; patterns of cutting and folding. Natural systems such as beehives and anthills that at first seem chaotic, but on closer inspection reveal highly ordered and complex infrastructures. The contrast of neat, straight, uncooked spaghetti and the utter randomness that is created when it is cooked. The unimaginable scale of icebergs, glaciers and mountains, and man’s attempt to conquer them.

As usual, a mesmerising show installation accompanies the collection: while long minty spaghetti bands rotate slowly on huge poles, models walk on a twenty meter long bed of stretched elastic bands, as if being churned up in a consumer food mixer from a kitchen of the 1970s. The models’ headwear is reminiscent of that worn by Russian military tank operators on their way to deepest Siberia, and the boots are fit for the harshest, coldest conditions. The faces of seals