48-year-old British set designer Es Devlin has risen to fame for her multimedia installations merging light, music, and language, and her work for fashion clients has indeed left a mark on the creative landscape.
Saint Laurent Spring Summer 2023
After working for more than five years with Louis Vuitton, the British designer most recently produced a glowing metal ring for fashion house Saint Laurent's Spring Summer 2023 menswear show in the Moroccan desert. Inspired by Paul Bowles' 1949 novel The Sheltering Sky, Devlin produced a monolithic in the middle of the Agafay desert, which stood in the middle of a mirror-clad colonnade, surrounding rows of dusty red, stone-like stools created by local artisans, as well as a circular oasis-cum-pond at the center of the show space.
Dior Spring Summer 2022 Menswear
Dior’s Spring Summer 2022 Menswear show was a collaboration between Es Devlin, creative director Kim Jones and Travis Scott, a native of Texas. The collection named “Cactus Jack Dior,” was presented on a set of adapted initial sketches of a row of cacti, transforming them into roses and blowing them up to outsized scales along an 80-meter-long runway. Devlin’s set also merged elements from Monsieur Dior’s Garden with the dry Texan landscape, where horned skulls of desert creatures are found to be left scorched in the sun.
Finally, this year, in a surprising turn of events, Milan Fashion Week, usually the launching ground for fashion collections will present a collaboration between an Italian design brand and a Parisian fashion brand.