Cover and hiding on the runways: designers have explored the theme of the mask in different cultures and with different meanings
Fashion is self expression, it is showing off one’s own personality and style, yet fashion can be also something else. Hiding and covering the body is one of the pillar of fashion and covering the face with masks, like many designers have done over the years, means many things.
Rei Kawakubo for the Comme Des Garçons Fall 2012 collection grabbed inspiration from the ninja culture and the result is a series of flowery scarves that cover the heads of the models. Maison Margiela’s collection for the Spring 2013 finds new way to deliver a sense of mistery, in line with the brand and the designer’s history.
Katie Eary’s Spring Summer 2010 collection features masks that recall scary monsters, while Walter Van Beirendonck with colourful scarves and excessive gloves designed a Fall 2017 collection that is a pagan rite and the models are bizzarre characters.