Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer

Bernhard Willhelm, Collections 2001–2004

An audiovisual exhibition of internationally renowned young fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm. Multiple screens and a large scale projection present his fanciful catwalk shows and avant-garde performances. Willhelm’s recent men’s and women’s collections play with the fantasy of fairytales and childhood memories in the use of iconic patterns and recycled fabric. The exhibition also features a collaborative film made with Olaf Breuning, a master of constructed scenarios, that provokes contrasting feelings of discomfort and fascination, repulsion and seduction.

Berhard Willhelm now lives and works in Paris but was born in Ulm, Germany. His collections convey something distinctly Germanic about them, a quality that highlights his antipathy to the clichés of the international fashion culture. He continues to draw consciously on his native country’s traditional clothing style which he reiterates and deconstructs in his work.

The approach of this young designer defies simple classification. His fashion questions our notion of the familiar and pushes the limits of what can be worn and what clothing signifies.

Presented by the L’Oreal Melbourne International Fashion Festival and RMIT Gallery.


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