Hint Tip: Hussein Chalayan at Istanbul MOMA

Giving The Jetsons a run for their money, Hussein Chalayan has pioneered the art of high-tech couture, producing an awe-inspiring range of hard-wired garments since his initial splash in 1994. Battery-driven fiberglass dresses, motorized day skirts, LED-wired pieces and sun-paneled bathing suits are just some of highlights from his extensive oeuvre. The latest retrospective at the Istanbul MOMA chronicles the intrepid designer’s numerous adventures in sci-fi, culling from his extensive archives, as well as from his numerous forays in film and installation work (including his collaboration with Tilda Swinton). The exhibition is a homecoming of sorts for the Cyprus-born designer who represented Turkey in the 2005 Venice Bienale. Hussein, can you make us some jet-propelled tuxedos for the opening.


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