Dean and Dan and Mert and Marcus partner on a collection that celebrates their 25 years of collaboration
Dean and Dan, Mert and Marcus. Two of fashion’s most extraordinary duos. Pairs that have not only worked in tandem with each other for the past two-and-a-half decades, but as a four.
In fact, the two twos have been working together since 1994 – a date that plays a central role in a new capsule collection from the quartet, even lending its name to the line.
According to the brand, the Mert & Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 collection “epitomises the hedonistic sense of freedom of the 90s, using fashion as a tool to express oneself and embodying the art of being an individual,” bringing together overalls, bombers, tank tops, hoodies, oversized T-shirts, asymmetric shift dresses and boxy tailoring imbued with a sense of Berlin’s underground. Or as the photographers put it, a touch more succinctly, “a few cool clothes for a few cool kids.”
Available now, Mert & Marcus 1994 x Dsquared2 fuses Dean and Dan Caten’s inimitable approach to fashion – which they describe to AnOther as “sporty and glamorous, laidback and extravagant, masculine and feminine”– and images from Mert Alas and Marcus Pigott’s archive (including one of Kate Moss), which are cut and pasted onto clothes, in a way that is reminiscent of punk’s DIY ethic.
“We were thrilled to work with such two creative minds as they are, it has been very inspiring and we are happy that we have designed together with them the first ever designers-photographers collaboration,” say the Catens. “1994 was a very important year for the four of us for different reasons and this collection is made with all the memories from our lives in the 90s.”
Young and fun, this collection is an homage to 25 years of collaboration. Here’s to many more.