Since graduating from RCA in 2016, London-based Swede Per Götesson has consistently revisited Jonathan Swift’s literary classic Gulliver’s Travels as a means of exploring distant worlds and alternate realities. For his London Fashion Week digital presentation, this was about the only constant in a collection otherwise defined by the unprecedented abnormality of the last four months.
In a retrospective project that features looks from six previous collections, Götesson turned to the Ghost of Gulliver (whose globe-trotting exploits were somewhat curbed by lockdown) as a metaphorical expression for the recent loss in human connection and the many journeys not traveled. Featuring photographs from Jessie Adams, who scouted remote beach locations with the collection’s stylist Gary Armstrong, art director Patrick Waugh rounded off the collaborative relay by collaging shots of the model onto scenic dreamscapes.
The result revisits the maritime spirit of previous Per Götesson collections while exploring the idea of home (something we’ve all had plenty of time to do). Photographs of trinkets from Husam El Odeh and antique curios from set designer Tony Hornecker’s studio create a paradox with the outdoor landscape, reflecting our urge to break free from domestic confinement. The looks themselves convey the essence of Götesson’s signature deconstruction of masculine codes, with a number of typically louche, draping shapes in denim and other utilitarian fabrics.
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