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Hussein Chalayan gives new take on dance

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Hussein Chalayan gives new take on dance

Hussein Chalayan is channelling his artistic flair into a dance production.

The British/Turkish Cypriot star is one of fashion's most respected designers and has twice picked up Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards for his contribution to the industry.

However it seems creating clothes isn't the only thing he has a talent for; he's now also produced a production for British dance theatre Sadler's Wells.

“Fashion for me is a very important part of culture, however, in many cases clothes can limit the expression of certain ideas. This production will allow me… to build narratives around and with the body in a much broader context than ever seen before in my work," Chalayan told WWD.

The show is called Gravity Fatigue and will give the designer a new platform to work with the moving body.

It's not the first time Chalayan has worked with Sadler's Wells. 15 years ago he showcased his Fall 00 collection there, and he's also designed costumes for productions at the London theatre.

“Both dance and fashion deal with the moving body and one’s sense of identity, and in Gravity Fatigue the two art forms don’t just enhance each other but are truly complementary in their delivery of the show’s concepts and… of Chalayan’s distinctive aesthetic vision," Alistair Spalding, artistic director and chief executive officer of Sadler’s Wells, said.

Chalayan has previously described himself as not a "typical fashion person", and he's proud that he's paved his own way in the industry.

"I think I painted my own way of fitting into fashion. I'm not really a typical fashion person, but I am interested in the creative side... I think there is a difference between those who curate a wardrobe for a woman, and designers who try to create new compositions and a different way of looking at the body," he told British Elle.

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