RUN­WAY YOUR HOME

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THE MAN BE­HIND SOME OF THE MOST IN­CRED­I­BLE FASH­ION SHOWS SHARES HIS IN­TE­RIOR TIPS

With 27 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence, Alexan­dre de Be­tak is the de­sign vir­tu­oso be­hind more than 1,000 fash­ion shows. For Dior SS16, he made a 59ft flower moun­tain – with 300,000 real del­phini­ums – in the court­yard of the Lou­vre (be­low left). At Raf Si­mons’ SS18 show, he used lanterns to trans­form a dark New York al­ley into a neon Chi­nese mar­ket (bot­tom left). Hav­ing trav­elled the world trans­form­ing spa­ces into spec­ta­cles, we asked Alexan­dre how to ap­ply the ideas be­hind his cat­walk cre­ations to our own homes. ‘When you cre­ate a house, you want a place to sleep and eat,’ he says. ‘In fash­ion, it’s sim­i­lar: you need to re­ceive the au­di­ence, and ex­press the de­signer’s ideas, but in both cases there has to be some free­dom.’

1. BRING THE OUT­DOORS IN ‘For Dior AW12 we cov­ered the walls in flow­ers. When it comes to your home, you could bring in a tree branch, and it will last a few months, then you can do some­thing else. In my own home, I’ve made shelves from rocks, and ta­bles and benches from dead pine trees.’

2. NOTH­ING IS PER­MA­NENT: HAVE FUN! ‘Peo­ple think of a house as ev­er­last­ing. The shell and walls are long term, of course, but it can be use­ful to see it as a short-term thing, too. A few years ago, I did a show for La­coste where I cov­ered the en­tire tent in sheep­skin. In win­ter, that’s what we do [with the fur­ni­ture] in my apart­ment. I love it, and these days, thanks to Ikea, it’s fairly in­ex­pen­sive.’

3. QUES­TION EV­ERY­THING ‘The best place [to find items for your home] is of­ten the most un­ex­pected. If you need a seat, maybe you’ll find one at a food mar­ket? Hang frames from the ceil­ing! It’s a bit more dif­fi­cult, but why not?’ Be­tak: Fash­ion Show Revo­lu­tion is out now

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