HENRIK VIBSKOV

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FRAMING DISORDER IN ORDER

Henrik Vibskov is a fashion designer, one of those who gets all the applauses wherever he goes, and he also creates one of a kind scenography and props for his collections and catwalks. He holds exhibitions all over the world as an artist. He leads foundations. He’s directed films. He’s been playing drums for Trentemøller for many years, he even has his own music project called “Project Mountain Yorokobu”. And he speaks with calm, as if all this was the most normal thing in the world. In his words, it sounds like it.

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You’re a designer, a musician, an artist, a filmmaker and many other things…You are the man of the Renaissance!

I don’t know, really! A few people, like The New York Times, has been writing that lately and I’m not sure what it means either. I don’t even know if I like that word.

I guess it means you can do many things at the same time and do them really well.

Well… Maybe, but I think I’d prefer “multidisciplinary” or something like that.

In the age of specialisation, of going to the niche target and being very specific in what you do, are we getting narrow minded? Are we missing the possibilities?

I don’t know, it depends on the individual. I think it’s fine that people focus on what they want, we shouldn’t all go in the same way. I know I’m a bit old school though; I just like to do what I’m doing. I’ve been into a million things at the same time for many many years, so now I really can’t change. It’s my way of keeping up with the creativity flow.

It seems that, other fashion houses, they only care about producing and selling the clothes they design. Of course everybody needs profit, but is the fashion world lacking of meaning or message in general?

Well, there is a new generation of designers that are thinking about new ways, that want to focus on a concept instead of just saying “this season I’m gonna go for cardigans”. They want a deeper impact, reach different levels, get more of an academic and intellectual input and references. It’s a bit tricky with the fashion industry because you always have the bling there and, of course, many people believe fashion is very like champaign and gold. That has nothing to do with my world, though I can see what they mean. It’s like the music industry: you got Britney Spears selling a lot of albums, and then you got good musicians doing experimental small underground stuff. However, yeah, it’s easy to see that the fashion world would need to think about having a deeper impact.

What pushes you to explore your limits, your boundaries, every time you create something new?

I think I need to do different things because I get a bit bored. I need to find new forms, new structures, new colour combinations, new concepts… Everything I do goes hand in hand and travels to the next project with me. At some point I tried to take a break with whatever else I was doing and I was just like “yeah, right, now I got three or four months just for this one thing”. I ended up taking it very easy, leaving stuff for tomorrow… Finally the time went by so fast it seemed more difficult to find inspiration than when I was in five different things at the same time.

This is a completely random question that came up to my mind but…you’re outstanding in everything that you do. I was wondering if you’re a perfectionist or it just comes out naturally?

I am a perfectionist, it’s true, maybe a bit picky. Sometimes I’m very conservative, which is strange because it’s so chaotic what we do; I like the work frame to be very strict, to have an organised frame to work in. Inside that space, everything can be a bit loose. I frame the disorder with order.

I guess you hear this question many times, but I was just asking myself how can you have the time to do everything?

You know, it’s not only me working; I got a great team of all kind of weirdos and a book keeper that nags around at me… (laughs). It’s a big team helping out on everything.

Now, really, what’s going on in Scandinavia that you all seem to be perfect?

Yeah but it’s a bit boring (laughs). We are very very small countries, our history is based on farming and fishing and we don’t have a history in fashion for example. We’ve always had the need to look outside; that’s what’s happening now, whatever you do, you need to attract people from the outside. If I was only selling my stuff in Denmark or Sweden it wouldn’t make any sense.

What’s your future projects?

There’s a lot of things going on, but not confirmed yet; then a lot of exhibitions in Moscow, Seoul, Brussels…

Is there something you’ve never done but you’d love to do?

Yeah, I’d love to do architecture… Building something, maybe? I should find the time for it.

I wonder if you can.

I don’t think so. (laughs)

We ask this question to everyone interviewed at La Monda. We give you the beginning of the sentence and you have to complete it. So, here it goes…

“Artistic expression as a way of defending…” society.

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