"I think there's a difference between being considered a futuristic designer and being an innovative designer. They are two different things that people mix up. You could be on a farm, using natural materials and be incredibly innovative without using a single bit of wire, electricity, fuel or metal. So for me, technique and the way you think is what's interesting. I think of myself as someone who connects things that don't necessarily seem connected -- in different fields and cultures. So I guess I see myself as a weaver of different worlds, and I think the innovation comes from that."
Hussein Chalayan is a true iconoclast that doesn't fear to limit his visions based on any boundaries set by the world. He is truly a multimodal artist whose influences are rooted in history, technology, human behavior. Because of how diverse his interests and talents lie, he would have achieved success in any art form he chose, the fashion world being fortuitous to be beholden to him, in an otherwise cold, unrelenting and robotic society.
As a truly unique talent, he is London's only true avant-garde designer, uncompromising and unyielding in his approach to design as well as creation. His graduate collection at the famed Central Saint Martins, entitled "The Tangent Flows" contains clothing he buried deep with in the ground then exhumed as part of the process, just before the show, in a ritual of resurrection. In doing this, Chalayan show cases the process of oxidation with textiles.
Chalayan is highly praised and lauded as one of the most cerebral designers of this era, integrating an innovative approach which incorporates a synergy of science, technology, and art in the creation of his spectacular seasons collection. He has won designer acclaim and has been featured in exhibitions around the world. The perennial designer's work has consisted of center piece moving dresses incorporating LED lights with Swarovski jewelry in a manner which treats the pieces with function versus their innate quality as jewelry, dresses containing moving airplane parts and Tyvek garments that resembled furniture and could be folded down to envelope size. These works have been showcased in museums such as the Palais du Louvre, London’s Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.