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After showing his menswear show at Pitti Uomo, fashion designer and photographer Gosha Rubchinskiy unveils his most ambitious artistic project to date: A new book, The Day of My Death, and an accompanying short film.
The title is a reference to gay Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini, the controversial director of Salo, a grim and disturbing satire of the Nazi occupation during WWII. "We must all remember the past and what these ideologies led to," Rubchinskiy says in his footnotes for the book. In light of the Orlando shooting and the current rise of extremist ideaologies, he attempts to explore identities of queer Russian youth in times of uncertainty. "European countries should nurture their uniqueness all the while working with others," the designer writes. "We are stronger when we collaborate. Collaboration is key."
Click through to see a preview of The Day of My Death. The author will sign copies at Comme Des Garcons Trading Museum, in Paris, on June 25th.
Published by IDEA in an edition of 1,000 copies. $65. Available June 27, exclusively at Comme Des Garcons Trading Museum and Dover Street Market London, NY, and Ginza Tokyo. For further information, go to DoverStreetMarket.com