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When I first saw Cai Guo-Qiang’s work I was already in China but my mind immediately went back to Giles.

I met Giles Deacon when I was assisting in the backstage at Pitti Uomo’s special event. I was surprised by this sporty casual looking guy who did this exaggerate prints and pop culture; it looked a bit “old style” fashion to me, I must admit. And even if I really would love to have the talent to wear hats, though they fit me often well, I really was confused by the huge and mixed use Giles was doing of them on each and every runway.

So in the last years I improved my knowledge and my relationship with hats and I absolutely fell in love with Giles last fw collection, and in particular with his “fire escaped severe women”. I love the image contrast, the unfiltered inspiration, the direct message of a fairy tale with romanticism and tragedy, beauty and distruction.

And the same I felt, with the excitement of a child that never loved fireworks (for the use that is done with them in Europe generally) but discovers a new side of the whole thing, watching Guo-Qiang‘s work and its process. China has a long tradition with fireworks which are now used to announce weddings, openings, funerals.

Their first appearance dates back to 7th century China and arrived to the Old World in the 13th century through the Mongols and the Arabs who acquired knowledge of gunpowder and its uses from China. A Syrian named Hasan al-Rammah wrote of rockets, fireworks, and other incendiaries, using terms that suggested he derived his knowledge from Chinese sources, such as his references to fireworks as “Chinese flowers” (wikipedia).

So no wonder that this artist is described as having “this dynamic between an intense spirituality and a real childlike nature, Explosions really do fascinate and excite him. There’s this tension between serenity and chaos—that’s what drives him.” found a new way back to beauty and magic to something so dangerous. Art don’t hurts the wrong people usually and if it always gives a second chance!



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