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Jeremy Scott talks burning dresses at Moschino

Jeremy Scott talks burning dresses at Moschino

Jeremy Scott has spoken about the techniques used to achieve his famous "burnt" dresses.

The Moschino creative director had models wear singed cocktail dresses and gowns that smoked as they walked the runway for his fall 2016 presentation at Milan Fashion Week in February (16).

Smoke came right out of bustles and trains, silk and tulle, trailing behind the models as they navigated the set that was made to look like a ramshackle mansion. And Scott continued with the theme in the Milan-based fashion house's recently released fall campaign, with models Anna Cleveland and Stella Tennant pictured smashing cars with a sledgehammer before escaping a flame-filled scene. The campaign was photographed by Steven Meisel, with hair and make-up by Guido Palau and Pat McGrath, respectively.

Of the concept, Scott said no fire extinguishers were necessary backstage or at the photo shoot set because the burnt effect on the fabrics were created using a mix of laser-cutting and airbrush art work.

"To create the element of theatre, the dresses, all made from silk, lace and wool, had tiny smoke machines built into them so that they could emit smoke and give the sensation of smouldering," the designer told Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper.

Scott’s AW line was inspired by 1497’s Bonfire of the Vanities, when followers of a Florentine priest burned thousands of objects they identified as representing temptation and sin. Scott said the smoking garments and decaying glamour theme were an indictment on the way modern society consumes fashion.

Scott, 40, also spoke about fashionista Anna, who he feels represents the brand through her ability to breathe life into garments.

"Anna is more than a model, she is a muse," he explained. "I knew that she had to have one of these dresses as she would bring life to it, and push it to another realm."

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