Sillage, The Naked Perfumance
A world premiere in which models presented perfumes naked and spectators experienced the fashion show blindfolded with their nose.
The 'Naked perfumance, Sillage’ of Peter de Cupere (BE) and Kóan Jeff Baysa (US) placed the spectator a major challenge. From the prelude with sensual sounds by DJ Buscemi to overwhelming scents on the bodies of nude models: this was a very unique experience.
This world premiere took place in the Fashion Museum in Hasselt, BE on October 29th.
Sillage, The Naked Perfumance is the first fashion show in which models presented perfumes and in which you cannot see the models themselves as spectators. Sillage is more than just a perfumance, it is an art work in which the spectator is encouraged to let their own creativity and phantasy work. Every perfume provides a different image of a person and it is up to the spectator to mentally create these persons themselves. Sillage also plays with the idea to break through the isolation space. We all have a space of isolation around us in which we usually only allow people whom we know personally well. This isolation space is +/- 1 m around us. At the Sillage naked perfumance we know that the models pass by at 30 to 50 cm from us. We even feel them because of a little air movement when they walk past. You can hear footsteps close to you and then you observe the perfumes.
At Sillage it is not only the models who expose themselves, but also the spectator should be open to let the models walk past this closely to them. It speaks for itself that an imaginary feeling of sexuality is involved.”
The scent fashion show itself takes a maximum of 15 to 20 minutes. After the models have left the setting, the blindfolds are taken off. Thus curiosity towards what you have just experienced remains. You need to mentally create an image to the perfumes which you smelled. Thus you create an imaginary person to the scent. Afterwards you can review the event on the video and also visually observe the models.