Maison Valentino and Roger Dean, an English artist of international fame, teamed up to give birth to a series of unique garments characterized by unmistakable prints for the SS20 Collection. Dean is internationally renowned for his remarkable style of album cover paintings, logos and organic architectural designs. The artist’s aesthetic touches different genres, ranging from Fantasy to New Age and all of his pieces are pervaded by a great sense of harmony, balance and peace. His illustrations are enhanced by the presence of undefined shapes (rocks that resemble plants that resemble clouds…), by the almost total absence of human figures and by the frequent use of paradox and imaginary elements.
The central theme of this collaboration is the exploration of surreal and imaginary worlds, aiming at reflecting Maison Valentino’s constant will to mix its cultural heritage with alternative, new and unexplored realities. The man that Valentino proposes is a contemporary figure able to stand either as a pioneer and an innovator, combining different fits with bold prints. The graphics mix dream entities such as fantastical dragons, owls, floating island and cities or landscapes from undefined times and dimensions in different versions: placed, allover, embroidered, with the original color palette and in mono-tones interpretations.
Traveling is certainly a physical activity, but it truly enlightens and enriches when it takes the form of a free-flowing, borderless meandering of the mind. Travelers who go on journeys within the realm of their own minds are capable of transcending boundaries to reach the elsewhere, expanding possibilities and imagining utopias.
As signs and traces of different cultures mingle and flow in a sartorial present that makes everything possible, an exotic utopia materializes. Differences come together and everything finds a meaning - another meaning, with an unexpected significance - in the dialogue with the other.
Lines flow, colors glow as the high and the low, the bright and the earthy mingle and twine. The purity of the djellaba, the simplicity of the caftan, the human authenticity, a touch of handmade crochet and embroidery encounters the precision of the suit, the ease of flowing outerwear. Imaginative landscapes - exotic utopias, indeed - created by artist Roger Dean, who designs the elsewhere, many elsewhere’s, in bright colors onto surfaces, materializing imagined places, making them visible, hence real.
As the journey changes the traveler, readdressing habits, gestures and views, so the act of dressing gains a lighthearted absent-mindedness: a straw hat on the head, Valentino Garavani Rockrunner Plus sneakers at the feet, practical bags in the hand. There is no final destination to the journey, which happens in the here and in the now.
Utopias have the power to shape what is not there, and are charged with the urge to make it happen. The elsewhere is made possible.