For those who haven’t heard of Malgorzata Dudek, you’re in for a visual treat. Her spring 2012 collection flirts with insanity and edges towards mad creative genius, sometimes doing so in an explosion of flower-like ruffles, other times clouding over into black, fringed darkness.

Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger was the inspiration behind this particular collection. Anyone familiar with Giger’s work will instantly recognise the alienous baby heads imprinted on some of Dudek’s gowns. Other pieces were inspired by Giger’s airbrushing techniques. The beauty of Dudek’s pieces, however, is in the transformation of Giger’s work into something entirely different: it’s inspired, but not literal.

Malgorzata Dudek spring 2012

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Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12
Malgorzata Dudek S/S '12

The use of Giger’s work came with the artist’s blessing. Says Dudek:

My desire with this collection is to honor to H.R. Giger, pay him tribute, and show how his influence resonates in the world of fashion. When I started sketching this collection and planning the fabrics, I couldn’t see it complete without elements of H.R. Giger’s artwork. And what better way for me, as a designer, to honor a man who’s Biomechanical vision has massively influenced architecture, film, music, tattoo art, fashion and industrial design. Last February, I sent sketches to H.R. Giger through his agent and to my surprise, I heard back almost immediately and was given creative freedom to incorporate a jointly agreed upon selection of Giger’s art!

You don’t have to be a Giger fan to appreciate the craftsmanship of Malgorzata Dudek’s gowns. If British creativity found its apotheosis in Alexander McQueen, then perhaps Dudek is set to be the Polish equivalent.

For the full spring 2012 look book of Malgorzata Dudek, click on the thumbnails above.

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