To describe Henrik Vibskov as merely a fashion designer would be a vast understatement. As a multifaceted artist, passionate musician, innovative stage designer, and head of his trendsetting eponymous fashion label, he is at the vanguard of a new generation of multi-taskers. And now Vibskov’s genius is captured in a new hardcover book that chronicles his creative process and journey through the often tumultuous industry of fashion.
When I first interviewed Vibskov for Corduroy some years ago, it was evident that he was a thinker; someone who didn’t just give me re-hashed answers but rather someone who really paid attention to what he was saying and how he wanted his clothes to be portrayed. Similarly, his influences ran the gamut from books to travel to the circus to – yes – even washing machines. There’s this idea of “conception” where people give birth to an idea and then watch it blossom. In the case of Henrik Vibskov, the process of conception is just as interesting as the idea itself.
We received a copy of the book a few weeks ago and it is a delightfully comprehensive presentation of the Scandinavian designer’s remarkably multifaceted creative vision. Many of the enlightening texts and project descriptions are written by Vibskov himself and they offer deeply personal insight into the twisted yet tantalizing worlds that he creates on a daily basis.
Forty years ago Henrik Vibskov was born in the backcountry of Denmark. Ten years ago he founded his fashion label whose acclaimed collections are now shown regularly at international shows such as Paris Men’s Fashion Week. In addition, Vibskov keeps himself occupied touring as the drummer of various musical projects. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world including PS1 MoMA and Sotheby’s Gallery in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Akira Ikeda Gallery in Nagoya, and the ICA in London.
One does not need to understand Vibskov’s work in order to instinctually grasp how relevant it has become for the future of art and fashion. Capturing his incomparable skill at melding and staging concept, space, and object, this monograph is inspirational for anyone working creatively and a reminder that genius that come from the most unexpected places.