The “Cyber” collection of 1995 by Jean-Paul Gaultier

The “Cyber” collection of 1995 by Jean-Paul Gaultier

Andrea Tuzio · 1 week ago · Style

Last April 24th the French couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier turned 69 years old. 
To pay homage to him we decided to go back in time and rediscover one of the most incredible collections and shows in the history of fashion, the one dedicated to the Fall/Winter 1995 “Cyber” collection.

Gaultier was one of the first designers to combine technology and fashion in an important way, perceiving the importance of this union for the development of the fashion world itself.
All this long before the fanaticism linked to technology for the arrival of the new millennium, deflagrated definitively.

That collection represented a sort of apocalyptic vision of the future mixed perfectly with the entirely personal approach Gaultier put into everything he made.
The most iconic looks were computer-drawn, dot-printed bodysuits, whose shades of color were used to outline a woman’s silhouette thanks to a perfect optical effect. Gaultier was inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely, “the French godfather of Op Art”.

To create this collection, the French couturier made a lot of reference to the world of cinema, in fact the 1995 show was called “Mad Max” by some insiders – although Gaultier himself said it would be more accurate to say “Mad Maxette” – after George Miller’s dystopian, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic tetralogy that began in 1979 and ended with “Mad Max: Fury Road” in 2015.

The entire collection was intended for a woman defined as an Amazon, “courageous, self-confident and very much in control of her life”, as declared by the French designer himself and with a distinct femininity, emphasized by two pregnant models who walked the runway, Claudia Huidobro and Estelle Lefébure.

The show was held in a dark and bare industrial space, full of people, and began with a cloud of smoke enveloping the entrance to the catwalk through which a motorcycle suddenly emerged. The passenger/model of the motorcycle in question got off and climbed the scaffolding that formed the set of the show, and that was just the beginning: model Carmen Dell’Orefice walked down the runway with a hawk tied to her wrist while at the end the models paraded in nylon dresses padded with hair dryers that inflated the matching headgear.

The “master of chaos”, as Vogue defined him, created a show that connected past, present and future in a historical and cultural context in which the spasmodic “expectation” of a futuristic future left the past “behind” and almost forgot about it. Gaultier, on the other hand, includes, in what is a representation of what will be, many elements from the past so as not to lose the link with what we were.

The incredible genius of the enfant terrible of French fashion gave vent to all his creativity in that show for Fall/Winter 1995 to present the “Cyber” collection, giving us one of the most memorable moments in the history of fashion of all time.

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Adina Salome Harnischfeger,  exploration and discovery

Adina Salome Harnischfeger, exploration and discovery

Collater.al Contributors · 5 days ago · Photography

Undress someone of their secrets without making them weak and fragile is not easy, but with photography, Adina Salome Harnischfeger does it perfectly. Adina digs into the intimacy of her subjects, creates a sharp and keen connection and is able to cancel any embarrassment.
Her photographic portraits are intimate and personal, they focus on the fragility of the human body and seem to create a unique dialogue between interiority and vulnerability.

Her work is made by exploration and discovery and her analog photography is authentic and sensitive. With her shots, she manages to capture the most intimate details and particulars of her protagonists, she perceives the person on the other side of the lens and tells the whole story.

Against web restrictions and censorship of nudity, Adina Salome Harnischfeger shares part of her work on Patreon, an online collective funding platform.
Stop here for a few minutes, watch her shots, enter her intimate and disenchanted world and follow her on Instagram.

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Suresh Serafini’s photography, between nature and experimentation

Suresh Serafini’s photography, between nature and experimentation

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

For many, the lockdown period has not been easy, the isolation from the outside world and the lack of impulses has meant a loss of creativity. Others, on the other hand, have tried hard to find a hint of inspiration within the four walls of their home. Among these is certainly Suresh Serafini

Born in 1995, Suresh Serafini was born in India, in Goa, and grew up in the Marche region, in the town of Porto Sant’Elpidio. Before the pandemic, Suresh divided his time between fashion photography and lifestyle photography, both fields in which the human element is essential. Once he found himself, like the rest of us, locked in his house, he had to focus on something else. 

Instead of giving up, he let himself be carried away by inspiration and also by the desire to experiment and, in the end, the flowers in his garden proved to be the ideal subjects. To describe these new shots, which depart from his own style, Suresh borrowed the words of German photographer Juergen Teller: “I’m not interested in photography, I’m interested in how I can express my ideas and feelings.” 

For Suresh, working on these photographs was like doing a street photography project, but instead of looking for something to photograph on the streets of the city, he did it inside his home.

Read also: The deconstructed photographs by Dominik Hollaus

Discover below the shots of Suresh Serafini’s latest project and follow him on Instagram not to miss all his future works. 

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The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

The artistic nude photo projects of Dawid Imach

Collater.al Contributors · 4 days ago · Photography

Dawid Imach, a Polish photographer based in Leeds, creates elegant and natural nude art projects. In his shots, he captures the fascination of women, their bodies and forms and puts the beauty and harmony of the models at the center of the story.

Indeed, his photographic portraits, in color or black and white, integrate subjects, lighting and scenery in a balanced way and skillfully mix spontaneity and construction.

Dawid Imach creates personal projects and commercial campaigns for the beauty and fashion industry. Like other photographers in his field, he shares some of his work on Patreon, a collective funding platform that allows artists to fight censorship and web restrictions.

See a selection of his shots here, follow him on Instagram and on his official website.

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Valeria Sigal’s photography, a hymn to beauty

Valeria Sigal’s photography, a hymn to beauty

Giulia Guido · 4 days ago · Photography

There are no stereotypes, no canons of beauty to follow, no right or wrong size, freedom dominates in Valeria Sigal‘s photographs. 

Born in 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Valeria Sigal worked in a bank and studied philosophy before devoting herself entirely to photography. It was after the birth of her daughter in 2011 that she decided to devote herself full-time to her passion, earning a degree in photography in 2017.
Today, Valeria works and collaborates with various companies and businesses, managing to carry out numerous personal projects. It is the latter that have captured our attention. 

The protagonist of her shots is the human body: the models who allow themselves to be photographed by Valeria Sigal shed their clothes and, with them, all the preconceptions inherent in our society. In a world where, despite a few exceptions, the canons of beauty are still rigid and exclusive, the protagonists of her photos become the symbol of a new beauty, inclusive and unique. 

We cannot help but notice how the construction of the image, in which the subject is triumphant in the centre and the body is enhanced by a play of chiaroscuro, transforms each person into a work of art. The poses and candid skin of the models remind us of the marble of neoclassical statues, but the ideal of beauty has (thankfully) changed. 

We have selected just a few of her photographs, but to find out more about Valeria Sigal’s work, follow her on Instagram and visit her website

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