Dec 07 2013

Henrik Vibskov

Meet the 'enfant terrible' of European fashion.

Zeynep Erekli

Danish design icon Henrik Vibskov has been pushing the boundaries on several artistic fronts since the late 90's. He started out in music, moved on to fashion and from there on to the art scene, where he’s received rave reviews for his installation art.

But, Vibskov is probably best known for his playful, avant-garde take on haute couture. He’s been showcasing his talents at the Paris Mens Fashion Week since 2003 – and in 2012 he was elected new member of the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine, joining fashion icons such as Christian Dior, YSL and Lanvin. Although Henrik has a principle of never giving away clothes to celebrities for commercial purposes, people like M.I.A., Kanye West, Bjork, The Arctic Monkeys, Sigur Ros, Franz Ferdinand have all been spotted in Henrik Vibskov’s designs.

Here is a very brief interview we had with the busiest and most curious man in fashion.


You studied fashion in Central Saint Martins in London. How did it affect your career in fashion?

It was like meeting a lot of new creative people that know what they are doing when you don't know what you are doing yet. 

What inspires you while creating a new collection?

Everything from going to cinema, eating carrots to mud diving.

Why do you think Scandinavian designers' collections mostly have monochrome and hard-edged style?

Childhood aesthetics and traditions.

What is your dream design project?

Maybe it could be nice to build a house that looks like a dog sculpture with a boat inbetween the legs of it. 

What are your plans for 2014?

My solo exhibition at the Designmuseo in Helsinki opens January the 23rd, end at May the 4th. I'm also the costume designer of the Swanlake directed by Alex Ekman for the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet.