Mapping the magnitude of the Lynchian Legacy David Lynch’s creative direction continues to impress the fashion world. Click on the pictures to see the rest of the collection! Words by Martha McGonagle From Twin Peaks to Wild at Heart, David Lynch’s artistic direction has, to this day, influenced the work of many artists and designers. Most significant within the fashion industry would have to be Lynch’s 1986 production of Blue Velvet. Despite initially receiving a mixed bag of response - in the words of film critic Roger Ebert “to have used his talent in an unworthy way” - numerous haute couture labels continue to reference the artistic purpose of David Lynch. Lynch’s involvement within the fashion world includes a short surreal and dystopian film, Lady Blue Shanghai, written and directed by Lynch as part of a Dior’s campaign in 2010. Later collaborating with the creative directors of Kenzo, Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, to design the set and soundtrack for their AW14 womenswear show. The collection bearing influence from Lynch’s signature American cinematography was warped and darker than the usual Kenzo style. Mirrors along the catwalk mangled and distorted the garments on the models with every step they took. We saw Raf Simon’s first tribute to Lynch back in 2015 as he dedicated his first solo collection post Dior, Nightmares and Dreams (AW16). More recently, Simon’s cult-like obsession became more apparent when he literally plastered stills from Blue Velvet all over the oversized jackets displayed in his AW19 collection. This reference to the film was no surprise as the invitations to the show featured a photo of his friend and actress Laura Dern, who plays Sandy Williams in the film.
Left looks from Kenzo AW14. Photographed by Yannis Vlamos. Above right looks from Raf Simons AW19. Photographed by Alessandro Lucioni. Courtesy of Vogue Runway.