August 27 2014

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Frank Tell’s Post-Apocalyptic Playlist


What is it about fashion and classical music this season? First the streetwise optical line Illesteva showed its new collection on a full string section [], and now the young designer Frank Tell is getting in on the action, too. (He is showing at Lincoln Center, home to some of New York’s finest classical venues.) To complement his eerie, post-apocalypse-inspired new collection, Tell commissioned the up-and-coming composer Timo Andres to create a score for keyboard and violin, which Andres and another musician will perform live at the Tuesday evening presentation. Andres is no stranger to the fashion world: The famously music-obsessed Karl Lagerfeld chose a piece from his debut album to play at Chanel’s Fall ’10 Haute Couture show. But Tell chose to collaborate directly with the Yale graduate on a piece tailored to his own line. “I wanted to concentrate on creating an atmosphere that tells the story of the collection,” Tell told “When designing Fall 2011, I was very inspired by post-apocalyptic films, from Planet of the Apes to Chris Marker’s La Jetée. Being an extremely visual person, I found it best to communicate with Timo by showing him images of my inspirations, particularly photographs of the Navajo ‘God Slayer’ fur mask rituals. Timo composed a hypnotic piece that represents the collection beautifully.” Click above to listen to an exclusive clip of Andres’ composition for the show, plus an exclusive Fall ’11 preview sketch from Tell.

Dept. of Culture