Echoing Margiela’s upcycling of vintage clutches, Franck Sorbier’s haute couture elevates everyday, commonplace items to the runway. Floor sweeping gowns with voluminous skirts are made from crumpled brown paper and completed with delicate papier maiche corsets. Uneven and ripped edges are created from collaged corrugated brown paper and natural wooden pegs, complemented by a pastiche of delicate illustrations inspired by vintage magazines, a reminder that couture is not necessarily synonymous with sequins and sparkle.
Sorbier, who honed his craft at Chantal Thomass and Thierry Mugler, presented his first collection in 1987, although his debut couture show did not grace the Paris runways until 1999. His singular vision develops with each season, as his techniques reveal a floating, almost dreamlike elegance that encapsulates the romance of Paris.