Henrik Vibskov always manages to impress his audience by giant installations, graphic prints, imaginative accessories and otherworldly sounds. This time around he was true to his style and presented a collection on a rotating catwalk with models opening and closing doors almost in a working class factory environment which provoked a feeling of paranoia or you might just say Panopticon.
Dazed Digital: Where does your inspiration come from for this collection.
Henrik Vibskov: We always look in different directions. Music, art, life, whatever. If we're talking about this season, S/S12, we looked at workwear, 19th century artisans, like Steve McQueen. I like the idea of putting many ideas into a collection. It gives a lot of freedom to the clothes and to the way we work. We're referring to this concept, panopticon, a lot too. It forms the basis for the show. The word comes from Greek origin but was used by a philosopher in the late 17th century. It's the idea of all-seeing. I worked with 4 projects at the same time, I tried to put panopticon into everything, a dutch exhibition with a panopticon room - 60 students at Central Saint Martins worked under a brief called the panopticon - my own collection is called panopticon - I bike pass a building every day called the panopticon etc. So I created my own panopticon noia.
DD: How have you grown since your last collection.
Henrik Vibskov: No, I stopped growing when I was 15. I'm 197 cm. So I haven't grown since, hehe.
But Things are different from last season. I have a baby, a little girl. Maybe that has changed things in the way I design. But you might have to ask my colleagues if it's made a difference. I don't think I see a change maybe as much as they can.
DD: Does CFW give you a good platform for International sales.
Henrik Vibskov: Yeah, of course. It's my home. It's where (the label) it began. I've been really lucky to have a lot of support locally since the start so I guess that's been an easy platform for going somewhere bigger. But we started out in Paris a few years before, and have showrooms in New York, Milan and Japan, so these cities are just as much a platform for us as Copenhagen.
DD: Tell me about the location and set up of the show. (how do they tell the story of your collection).
Henrik Vibskov: Totally top secret. Kidding. It took us a while to find the right space and there were a few places we were looking at for the show in Copenhagen. it's a nice little cosy space in the open air garden that should give a good feeling. It's different to how we showed in Paris. We were at lycée turgot, which we've used before. But Paris is a totally different atmosphere to Copenhagen. There's always a big crowd here in Copenhagen though. A lot of friends and family.
DD: What impact would you like to give.
Henrik Vibskov: I don't know. But I've just had a little girl and I'd like to hope that I'm an impact on her life. For the better.