May 29, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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The best part about Menswear Monday is that I get to plug designers whose work I’m totally obsessed with, like Danish jack-of-all-trades Henrik Vibskov (thank you Stylesight!). Born and raised in the idyllic Danish countryside, Vibskov learned how to be cool from two older siblings, taking up the drums at age 10 and winning a break-dancing contest at 12. After design school in Denmark and time spent under the wing of a couturist, Vibskov enrolled in the crazy prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in Britain at the ripe old age of 26. Since then he’s kept busy (to say the least) making two short films and a documentary, exhibiting artwork in galleries such as the Danish Design Center and MoMa, and playing his beloved drums (current project Trentemøeller is on the European summer festival circuit). Obviously, I have a thing for designers who do more than churn out clothes. Vibskov’s collections are natural extensions of his art, oddly wearable, seemingly inter-dimensional garments that make up only one part of his theatrical runway presentations. Vibskov’s Fall/Winter show, “The Land of Black Carrots,” featuring models with mystified expressions treading carefully through 600 black carrots, was accompanied by a full choir in raincoats and Vibskov playing drums in a Boy Scout uniform. (Yes please.) Few designers are having fun with menswear like Henrik Vibskov, knocking down the boundaries between art and fashion one black carrot at a time.
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