Carol Christian Poell SS04 "Mainstream-Downstream"

The Carol Christian Poell Spring/Summer 2004 runway show, titled "Mainstream-Downstream," was a controversial and shocking event. The designer presented the clothing in an unconventional way, by having models that looked "dead" floating down the Naviglio Grande to showcase the garments. This approach to the runway show created a powerful and memorable image and drew attention to the clothing in a way that was both unexpected and impactful. Blood-red dye was injected to many of the leather pieces on the show including the boots. Additionally, the use of models that appeared dead or lifeless added a dark and disturbing quality to the presentation, which further emphasized the clothing's avant-garde and experimental nature. 


Carol Christian Poell "Mainstream-Downstream"
This show is known as one of the most controversial fashion shows in the history, as it heavily relies on the disturbing aspect, its highly provocative, It was also seen as a commentary on the superficial nature of the fashion industry and the way that it often objectifies and commodifies the human body. This show was not accepted well by majority of critics, it was met with a lot of backlash and criticism in the fashion industry. It should be noted that Carol Christian Poell is known for his avant-garde and experimental designs, and his runway shows often reflects this aesthetic.

Carol Christian Poell "Mainstream-Downstream"

Carol Christian Poell "Mainstream-Downstream"
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