last week venice was taken over by a riot of fashion and denim ….it was the premiere of the diesel collection under the creative direction of nicola fomrichetti …….reimagined and rebooted by nicola formichetti.nick knight has been collaborating with formichetti for quite some time, has made the stunning videos for the show. the presentation is certainly one of the most impressive shows since the performances of W< (walter van beirendonck / mustang).
here is the detailed information from showstudio about the concept of the nick knight films for the diesel catwalk show: “the films were displayed in a triptych that mirrored traditional italian artwork, and ordered into four acts. in another nod to italy’s creative history, the introductory
segment featured mahler’s 5th symphony, which is best known for its use in the 1971 luchino visconti film death in venice. the next film, which formed the imposing backdrop to formichetti’s leather section, features visuals of band judas priest and the burning of norwegian churches, a references to the death metal associations of leather. the next section, which compliments the denim range, features equally striking and jarring images – some of nature, others of hardcore porn. the films flip between actual footage and shots where the footage has been projected onto dancers’ bodies – a innovative technique dreamed up by knight exclusively for this project. the penultimate section, an exploration of deconstruction, features military footage and imagery from japanese games, while the finale sees knight draw on his own love of apps and formichetti’s passion for the democratic nature of the web by taking crowd-sourced images of diesel fans and reworking them into wonderfully bright distorted visions. all the image research was conducted by acclaimed artist and longtime showstudio contributor rei nadal. ”
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