Fashion designers get a pretty tough rap in the intellectual stereotype stakes, though undoubtedly it's occasionally deserved. It's understandable then, why some of the best go on to affirm their creative credentials by making names for themselves in the art world (though they've obviously never met Tracey Emin).
One of the most interesting British designers to have carved his niche in recent years is one Hussein Chalayan. Originally of Turkish origin, Chalayan's collections have, since 1994, challenged pre-conceived notions of architectural form in fashion - and he's always done it with admirable subtlety.
Chalayan's latest venture this week takes residence in North West London's Lisson Gallery. An installation featuring sound, film and sculpture, ”I Am Sad Leyla (Üygünüm Leyla)” features the talents of Turkish folk singer Sertab Erene accompanied by the sounds of an Ottoman orchestra. Evocative and immersive, it's a step away from Chalayan's catwalk offerings, and presents a weclome counterpoint to what will no doubt be a whirlwind of a London Fashion Week.
From 8 September to 2 October 2010 Hussein Chalayan’s new installation “”I Am Sad Leyla (Üygünüm Leyla)” will be exhibited at Lisson Gallery, 29 Bell Street in London. www.lissongallery.com