Moondog Inspires Mads Dinesen

The young Danish designer set up an installation in Berlin.

MUSICAL TAKE: Young Danish designer Mads Dinesen was a dancer for many years before fixing on fashion, and he still knows how to take a dramatic turn. During Berlin Fashion Week, Dinesen set up an installation in a crumbling Kreuzberg gallery to show off his tribal-mystical men's wear collection inspired by Moondog. The blind composer and shamanistic street musician was known in New York as "The Viking of 6th Avenue," due to his flowing beard and Norse god robes, and is said to have been an influence on talents as varied as Philip Glass and Marc Bolan, of T. Rex. Dinesen clad a series of models in mystical kingly style complete with felt crowns and beards, each one posed with a glowing fluorescent light bulb as a sort of magic wand, while recordings of Moondog's music played in the background. Moondog's face appeared in photorealistic knits and screen-printed on the back of a full-cut bomber jacket.

This will be Dinesen's first collection to be sold, as he's been roaming conceptual streets since graduating from Berlin's UDK (University of the Arts) in 2009. Invited to participate in the 2011 Mango Fashion Awards, he was surprised to discover he was required to submit a women's wear collection. "I turned men's wear into women's wear, and now I'm turning that women's wear back into men's wear," he laughed.

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