La Chaise Ironique Fashion Film directed by Rankin

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Discover La Chaise Ironique film and mockumentary, playful and reflective new project by fashion photographer and director Rankin. This project presents a cyclical view of the chair and how it has become so much more than a prop.

La Chaise Ironique is a powerful and culturally impactful study of one of fashion’s most iconic and pioneering muses: the chair. For Rankin, the current trend for “les chaises” in high fashion is just the tip of the iceberg. Themes of history, power, politics and revolution all manifest in what, to many, is just a simple household object.

Fashion is cyclical and the chair is a buoy in the ever changing choppy waters of style, that shift and change like the tide. It is the vacuum of calm in the middle of a twister of haute couture. All around it, as fashion ebbs and flows as fleetingly as a field of barley in the wind, the chair stands steadfast and tall.
The night is darkest just before the dawn. And the chair is the first glint of a new day, the speck of the sun on a distant horizon. A sign of hope. A chair doesn’t judge us. It is the ultimate comfort and support. It doesn’t abandon us or make us feel lonely. It cups our buttocks and lets us know everything is going to be ok. There is didactic lesson here. No judgement. It’s pure, unadulterated, unconditional love. I would go the ends of the world with my chair under my backside.” – Rankin



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