—Circus Figures 2009
5 costumes. Sizes for people with min. 1,70 m length
An illustrious circus troupe has mixed with the crowd: a weightlifter in a one-piece bathing suit with red and white stripes, a Pierrot with a propped-up frill collar and a circus director in tails as well as a portly animal tamer and an acrobat in a blue dress that emphasizes her figure. Their proportions are exaggerated, with their faces reduced to big fat noses and pouting mouths attached to a mask with wire mesh hiding the actors who breathe life into these costumes.
This five circus costumes recall characters from the classic commedia dell’ arte, Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, Kazimir Malevich’s sets for the opera Victory over the Sun and thus belong to a long tradition of the interaction between art, fashion and theatre that can also be related to the circus.
As a fashion designer Henrik Vibskov has produced fourteen collections since he graduated from Central St. Martin’s in 2001, and he is currently the only Scandinavian designer on the official show schedule of the Paris Men’s Fashion Week, which he has been since January 2003.
Since the beginning of his career Henrik has frequently been invited to participate in festivals, contests and talks such as Swiss Textile Awards 2003 (finals), Hyères Festival 2004, Expo 2005 Japan and Noovo Festival 2007 in Santiago de Compostella.
Between designing new collections biannually and creating the universes surrounding them, Henrik keeps himself occupied touring the world as the drummer for electronic musician Trentemøller, and exhibiting at art museums and galleries around the world. Henrik has made exhibitions at PS1 – MoMA, Palais de Tokyo, Akira Ikeda Gallery / Nagoya, Sotheby Gallery New York, ICA and Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin in collaboration with Elmgreen & Dragset.