Armoured gladiators stormed the stage, a wild black horse galloped so close to the edge that photographers were left cowering, a larger-than- life Flash Gordon pterodactyl, swooped above the stage, and a carousel of black-plumed go-go dancers rose from beneath it. There were fountains, too, and storm-troopers with multi-coloured foam-sculptured wigs marched towards a stunned audience.
The spring/summer collection for 1996 is called Kiss the Future. Van Beirendonck may have been looking to 2013 for inspiration, but the clothes, a vividly-coloured mix of photo printed T-shirts and utility jackets and trousers, are in tune with today's techno-clubland. This was a Virtual Reality computer game come to life.Reuse content