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Rick Owens explains his human backpacks

The Paris Fashion Week spectacle was inspired by an Annie Leibovitz photo

By Andrea Tim | Published: 5 Oct 2015

Rick on backpacks
Photo: Imaxtree.com

We trust the image is still fresh in your minds and will be for a very long time – who can forget something like that? – but nothing is better than knowing exactly why Rick Owens sent headline-making, game-changing human backpacks down the runway for his Spring Summer 2016 show.

"There was an Annie Leibovitz image of Leigh Bowery carrying his wife Nicola in a harness they would use for a birthing performance that I always loved," Rick said in a Q&A on Dazed Digital's Tumblr last week. "It was transgressive and sweet at the same time. I thought doing it with women would be a nice interpretation and developed other poses from there."

He also posted a more elaborate explanation of his model-on-model performance and his collection, which he named Cyclops.

Rick already had us impressed by the daring stunt itself, to be honest. Good luck to anyone trying to top that.

Related: Rick Owens SS16
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