paris: charliewood

© charlie le mindu / photography: alice rosati

french hair artist extraodinaire charlie le mindu [1986] started honing his skills at a young age, cutting the hair of drag queens in a  gay club in berlin where he lived at the time. he gradually worked his way up to where he is now, innovatively fusing hairstyling, haute couture and sculpture. in 2009, he launched his first collection of wigs, reviving the art of haute coiffure and presented it on the catwalks of that season’s fashion shows, or during concerts in the form of exuberant costumes. the artistry didn't go unnoticed, gaining him even more recognition in his hometown paris and far beyond. following last year's exhibition, le mindu has returned to palais de tokyo with a new hybrid showcase, entitled charliewood, which once again pushes the envelope. it's conceptualized as a multi-disciplinary revue, straddling the realms of fashion, performance art and installation, and presenting viewers imaginitive possibilities of metamorphosing the human body [on through apr 9]. location: 13 avenue du président wilson [champs-élysées].

© guillaume lebrun / galerie diptik