‘Frankenstein Dress’ Is the Latest 2018 Fashion Trend and We Love it – These rough, homemade-like dresses surely owed a debt to the surrealists at the next tables, echoing with a needle and thread the collages, the experimental films, and the word salads those artists were gleefully experimenting with. If Magritte’s famous painting shouted, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe,” these frocks cried out, “I am not a dress!” But, of course, they are.
Now, these glorious scraps are experiencing a renaissance, with stylish hybrids highly visible on recent runway shows. Let’s call these latest versions of Frankenstein dresses—born of an impulse to cut and combine, like that sacred monster, made of parts that were never intended to end up together.
In the years since these spectacular debuts, Frankenstein’s monster has continued to make his (her?) presence known at the runways. Is it a reflection of the disjointed times in which we live? At Calvin Klein in New York last month, Raf Simons wed Mylar to aprons; in Milan, Francesco Risso at Marni revered the spirit of bohemian Paris with coats that were slashed vertically, featuring hot pink lighting up one side and sober tweed on the other.
Balenciaga Asymmetric Dress
In Paris, where it all began, Koché’s Spring 2018—in stores now—provided Fly Emirates T-shirt patterns cosying up to lingerie slips, while Junya Watanabe’s most recent runway offered delicate slips over chunky Scandinavian sweaters fused with sweaterdresses in back. And newcomer Marine Serre, who won the LVMH prize last year and whom everyone seems to be talking about, jumped into the pond (the Seine?) with an exuberant mishmash of silky scarves, athleisure, and even velvet.
Monse Off Shoulder Assimetric Dress
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision,” Salvador Dalí, a gentleman who was known to wear a dinner jacket decorated with actual wine glasses, once averred. This season, we can rip off the shackles, clad in a Frankenstein frock to light the way.
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