GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM // 22nd March 2011
Last June, American fashion designer Thom Browne proved he knew how to put up a show for his Paris debut. The venue he chose to present his Spring 2011 menswear collection was a retrofuturistic icon, the headquarters of France’s Communist Party, designed by Brazilian star architect Oscar Niemeyer. Surroundings that certainly reminded him of Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey as the music he played during the show was Johann Strauss The Blue Danube, a soundtrack also featured in the movie.
Another explicit reference to Kubrick was the astronauts procession. Models arrived in Niemeyer’s hemisphere wearing a full lunar suit, helmets on. Each of them then stripped and started walking the runway in Thom Browne clothes.