Genre-blending performer FKA Twigs (first picture) is creating a 12-room zodiac-themed installation called Rooms for the second instalment of Veuve Clicquot’s Widow Series Halloween events (performances on October 27 and 28). The project’s name pays homage to the champagne house’s bold founder Madame Clicquot, who was widowed in October 1805, hence the label’s name (veuve being French for widow), and it debuted last year with events curated by trailblazing fashion photographer Nick Knight.
Twigs has written and directed a mix of performance art, set design, theatre, costume and dance. A cast of 30 performers will interact with the audience as they are encouraged to engage with the full spectrum of human emotions, including some of its horrors, while following the female figure of Diamas on the search for her spiritual home. Twigs herself will also perform.
Contributing artists include Isamaya Ffrench, a make-up expert who creates video looks for Rihanna and Fergie and works on campaigns for YSL Beauté and Mac. Another is Gary Card, the set designer known for his surrealism (example in second picture), whose clients have included JW Anderson, Comme des Garçons, Nike, Adidas and Stella McCartney. Many collaborate with Twigs elsewhere – on her image, music videos, album covers and live shows.
As someone who samples from the fine arts as much as the street and continuously disregards stereotypes, Twigs will undoubtedly combine diverse influences in imaginative ways through her curatorial role for Halloween. “Rooms is one of my most ambitious projects to date,” she says. “There aren’t always opportunities like this to make your wildest creative ideas a reality.”