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THE ART OF SURREAL FASHION

Taken from the Autumn/Winter issue of Dazed & Confused:

If Sigmund Freud were to pen his 1919 essay The Uncanny today there’s a good chance that Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari’s cult magazine Toilet Paper would appear as an example of something that is simultaneously familiar yet alien. Strange and ambiguous to its core, it bends normality in images that take you on a twisted trip through eerily ordinary dream-nightmare scenarios, each jolly-coloured scene creating a sense of “familiarity and disgust”. Everywhere, gleeful perversion lurks just beneath the surface. “Perversion is an almost imperceptible deviance from what is considered normal. It provides a slightly shameful, totally guilty pleasure, which is the most delightful kind. Perversion is the tribute we pay to hidden enjoyments. It’s our weapon against boredom,” say Cattelan and Ferrari. (Susanne Madsen)

For Dazed & Confused, the duo uses the AW14 collection by Yohji Yamamoto to create a fetishistic setting, where S&M meets manga cartoons…

Concept and images TOILETPAPER : Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari; styling Robbie Spencer; all clothes and accessories by Yohji Yamamoto.

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