MADRID, Mar 1, 2009 / FW/ — To Francis Montesinos, fashion and art have always been closely linked. To him, the ways and manners of the body language of human beings – and their most sophisticated expression, fashion and ways of covering the body, of highlighting its sensuality – have always been reflected in all artistic manifestations: in painting and in sculpture, basically, but also in some of the expressions of architecture, and beyond, of music, theatre and dance.
Since 1972, and throughout his career, Montesinos has insisted greatly on the treatment of fashion as another art world discipline.
In his Fall 2009 collection entitled “Capsigrany-El Divino”, with Mae West is the fashion backdrop, Francis Montesinos pays tribute to Dalí and surrealism, which characterised him so well. 2009 will be the year of Salvador Dalí; the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the death of a 20th century global art figure.
The collection is based on the printing of the work of Dalí which mainly includes his muse and myth, Gala. His elephants, his geese, the bust of a woman with bread and other more Mediterranean and surrealistic aspects.
In the way of treating the fabrics, plushes which seem like jeans for daywear and bird’s eye weave jeans, tweed and sophisticated fabrics in which fine thread knits attain a thick appearance making them seem handmade, with all their mixtures and combinations.
From colour to printing to reach the most surrealistic part of his soul, black and white and blacks and transparencies; insects and their divine flies.
A collection whose shapes are simple but whose mixtures are very rich, where the non-combinable is combined, and with discoveries which are original and, at the same time, as daily as the ring pull of a can turned into silver.
Great works such as “Atomic Leda” and “Dream caused by the flight of a bee around a pomegranate a second before awakening”, among so many others, take on life on watching them stroll down the runway.
Photos courtesy of Cibeles Madrid Fashion Week