Season after season, non-fashion insiders are perplexed, amused, and intrigued by the outfits on models strutting down the runway with gusto. The colors, the shapes, and the purpose seem both futuristic and other-worldly, though sometimes they seem downright silly. Never have they seemed more curious than when they’re recreated with a DIY spirit that, at first glance, rings as both tribute and parody, but in truth is more of a visual experiment.
That’s why we should all be thankful that Marie Valonges exists. The French artist and photographer—known for her work as Mise En—keeps an ongoing series where she reimagines runway looks as sculptures for AnOther Magazine.
As Valonges explains it, “I tend to make visual connections when looking at forms. It’s an interesting way to express this here because there’s a dialogue created between the two images that hopefully communicates back to the viewer.”
Based in London these days, Valonges has a varied portfolio, from photography to art direction and set design. It comes across clear in her work of mimicking runway looks, which tests what the viewer can see and recognize in a patterned thought. In some form, it’s like deciphering an excerpt with the vowels all missing. Can your brain recognize the makeshift as a recreation of the original?
See more of her series below.