In Sickness And In Health
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When a Beijing bride and groom donned gas masks for an offbeat wedding photoshoot, was it a protest against the Chinese capitol’s pervasive air pollution or merely a sign of modern times? Why not both! A casual look around the internet reveals that gas masks have made the leap from wartime survival gear to peacetime fashion accessories.
When Munich-based designer Irene Luft sent models down the runway at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, onlookers were forgiven for having flashbacks to another, less-fashionable Berlin. Luft’s full-face masks have been described as being influenced by long-nosed, ant-eating aardvarks but there’s no avoiding her collection’s overt military influences.
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Mexican Designer Gianfranco Reni’s so-called “Natural Fashion Gas Masks” appear at first glance to be words that should never appear in the same sentence. Then again, adding enough bling to utilitarian objects like gas masks serves to transform them into something far removed from their origins. Bling… is there anything it can’t do? “The mask is more a decorative piece,” explains Reni, “but it is made with a real gas mask so it could be used for its original purpose but with a touch of glamor.”