Jeremy Scott Goes Behind the Seams at His Moschino Marionette Show

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After World War II, fashion was faced with a dilemma: How to present designers’ new ideas in a broken world, when travel was complicated, and exuberance felt out of step? The answer was Théâtre de la Mode, a show of dolls dressed in the latest fashions by Cristóbal Balenciaga, Pierre Balmain, Jeanne Lanvin, and other internationally famous designers who traveled throughout Europe in the mid-1940s. To Jeremy Scott, the creative director of Moschino, that idea seemed oddly appropriate for our pandemic-wrecked world, and so he set out to create a Moschino marionette show that could transform the wonder of his IRL fantasias into a cinematic, digital experience. 

To do so, Scott enlisted the help of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. While Henson is most famous for the Muppets—and Scott has the accolade of being the first fashion designer to ever dress Miss Piggy—the Jim Henson Creature Shop is better known for The Dark Crystal, a mythical and magical film from 1982. Together the Jim Henson Creature Shop and Moschino collaborated to create models, a famous front row, and a marionette of Scott himself to showcase the designer’s latest Moschino designs and give the feeling of a physical fashion spectacle. 

“They just blew me away when all of the pieces arrived here and we started doing the fittings,” Scott tells Vogue. “I had to be extremely precise,” he continues, noting that each garment was first made to be human size and then scaled down to fit the 30-inch marionettes. 

“We were staggered by how exquisite the miniature versions of the costumes were, made by this team in Italy,” says Peter Brooke, the creative supervisor of the Jim Henson Creature Shop. With the clothes’ exposed seams, the collection itself is a turning inside out of fashion, showcasing the inner workings of a runway show through a short film of cinematic proportion.

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