Haute couture is usually the stuff of rarefied Parisian ateliers and clientele with bottomless bank accounts (or blockbuster movie roles), but in the hands of illustrator Francois Berthoud, it’s vivid, electric, and so, so cool. The Swiss artist rendered choice pieces from the spring/summer 2013 collections for the new issue of V magazine, and we’ve got an exclusive first peek at his incredible handiwork.
In a feature called “Drawn To Couture” (who isn’t?), Berthoud’s illustrations are set against a black backdrop, putting their ghostly transparency on full display. A Dior bubble dress from Raf Simons’ garden-themed show takes on the appearance of a diaphanous peach jellyfish, while a Jean Paul Gaultier seems to be layered in bright blue smoke.
See the pictures in print when the Miley Cyrus-fronted issue hits newsstands May 9, and until then click through our gallery below for the first look, and watch the video for highlights from Paris couture week:
this is some kind of spaceship or something.