The rising-star designer, with his unique brand of Gothic severity, has released a wonderfully unusual campaign video for AW15.
Central Saint Martins graduate and rising star of LFW Manuel Facchini is continuing our run of great campaign videos on Wonderland with his short film for AW15, Cyborg Ophelia. It pretty much fulfils the promise of its title, riffing on John Everett Millais’ iconic painting of Prince Hamlet’s suicidal would-be-wife floating in a river strewn with flowers – but with a cyborg rather than a Danish aristocrat (oh, and with dancing: lots of dancing).
So if Shakespeare and Victorian art aren’t your specialities (more fool you) then you needn’t worry. It’s much more Blade Runner than Hamlet with its thumping electro soundtrack, post-apocalyptic, post-industrial backdrop, and its clothes which fragment into innumerable shards. As for the designs themselves? They’re heavily embellished, at times even resembling armour, and cut with the kind of bravery and power that befits a designer who would produce this kind of video. In Manuel’s own words, by the end of the film, “[Cyborg Opheliea] plunges back in her sarcophagus of water, as this dance, and the life that for an instant got back through her veins, was just a dream…”
Didn’t expect that on a Tuesday morning, did you?