Lauded Russian fashion designer Gosha Rubchinskiy has been lighting up the fashion world ever since the foundation of his own eponymous brand Gosha in 2008. Always managing to take a diverse approach, the amateur filmmaker and photographer recently put together an eclectic offering for his new menswear collection. As a background narrative to his fashion collection he included a 17-minute silent film and a new photography book based on the cultural figure Pier Paolo Pasolini, both titled The Day of my Death. The film premiered at the launch of his SS17 collection fashion show at Pitti Uomini’s 90th Anniversary event, with a copy of the book of stills given to guests before being published publically.
The Day of my Death comes at a particularly relevant time. To put it in Gosha’s own words, “The questions I want to ask are; What is Europe now? Are countries together or separated? What is global and what is unique?”
He is among good company with other contemporary artists seeking to explore and give their own opinions on the same areas, such as Wolfgang Tillman’s recent project about the EU exit, or Kiera Knightly’s video about the importance of voting.
The book and film not only aim to examine contemporary European politics but also defend the controversial cultural figure Pier Paolo Pasolini. Gosha said, “Some of his ideas and poetry suit the moment very well.” Pasolini was a 20th century filmmaker, poet, writer and intellectual. Between his distinct creative style, his political standpoint, and the muddy circumstances of his murder that labelled him a violent homosexual, he has been a figure to be both defended and revered.
This is history and fashion served up in one neat offering. You can watch The Day of My Death exclusively on Vogue.
“The Day of My Death” will be available exclusively at COMME des GARÇONS Trading Museum in Paris, Dover Street Market London, New York, Ginza Tokyo and online at www.ideanow.online.