Fashion: In These Clothes, Every Stitch Tells a Story

Hussein Chalayan has fashioned clothing of unrippable paper that can be folded into envelopes, a dress designed like a kite that can actually fly and a coffee table of malleable wood that swirls into a skirt. What saves his fanciful designs from unraveling into mere novelty is the fact that Chalayan, 29, an exquisite tailor, uses the show pieces to inspire his eminently more wearable clothes. "These pieces might not sell," he says, "but they express the concept behind each collection." The result is feminine clothes that are spare, clean and architecturally constructed to create volume without frills.

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