FASHION

Brink of Hysteria

With his first fashion collection, Bjarne Melgaard puts his art on your sleeve.


Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Avena Gallagher
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Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Avena Gallagher

This CB Polo Shirt, a signature piece from the CB by Bjarne Melgaard Collection, features ghost-printed images from the films of Catherine Breillat, rendered to look like grease stains.

CB by Bjarne Melgaard a Collection for Catherine Breillat Polo shirt, price upon request, by special order, email info@melgaard.biz; RJ Graziano earrings, $45, rjgraziano.com; Eddie Borgo choker, $190, shopbop.com; Faux/real bracelet, $285, fauxrealnyc.com; American Apparel socks, $9, americanapparel.com; Jimmy Choo pumps, $595, jimmychoo.com.

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Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Avena Gallagher

Melgaard calls this hand-beaded number his Fat Girl Sweatsuit. The words abuse weakness allude not to the number of Twinkies one can consume and still fit into it but to the Catherine Breillat film that lured him into fashion in the first place. CB by Bjarne Melgaard hand-beaded Fat Girl Sweatsuit, price upon request, by special order, email info@melgaard.biz; Ellen Christine Couture hat, $650, ellenchristinecouture.com; Eddie Borgo earrings, $100, saks.com; Miu Miu sandals, price upon request, miumiu.com.

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Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Avena Gallagher

The picture-perfect Sleeveliner Blanket Bomber, a collaboration between Melgaard and the German brand Bless, comprises a vintage stadium jacket and a blanket depicting the artist’s mother looking at one of his paintings. Bjarne Melgaard in collaboration with Bless Sleeveliner Blanket Bomber, price upon request, by special order, email info@melgaard.biz; Cosabella catsuit, price upon request, shop.cosabella.com; Miu Miu shoes, $760, miumiu.com.

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Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Avena Gallagher

This CB Sweatsuit is an instant mood lifter. We suggest dressing it down with Melgaard’s bathrobe trench, which is printed with drawings by the artist of depressed mice smoking crack.

CB by Bjarne Melgaard CB Sweatsuit, price upon request, by special order, email info@melgaard.biz; CB by Bjarne Melgaard bathrobe-trenchcoat, price upon request, by special order, email info@melgaard.biz; Lele Sadoughi earrings, $110, lelesadoughi.com; RJ Graziano necklace, $75, rjgraziano.com; Miu Miu boots, price upon request, miumiu.com.

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Photographer: Roe Ethridge Stylist: Avena Gallagher

Nothing says “Money is no object” like this glamorous silk charmeuse Bjarne the Human Checkbook Dress. Bjarne the Human Checkbook Dress, price upon request, by special order, email info@melgaard.biz; Ellen Christine Couture hat, $650, ellenchristinecouture.com; Jacob & Co. platinum, gold, and diamonds earrings, price upon request, one-of-kind gold and diamond choker, price upon request, gold and diamond watch, $240,000, platinum and diamond ring, price upon request, Jacob & Co., New York, 212.719.5887; Gianvito Rossi pumps, $795, net-a-porter.com.

Hair by Recine for Recine Luxe Hair oil by Rodin; makeup by Frank B. at the Wall Group; manicure by Alicia Torello at the Wall Group using Chanel. Model: Aline Weber at Next Management. Set design by Matt Jackson at Brydges Mackinney. Lighting design by Christopher Bisagni for Christopher Bisagni Studio. Digital technician: Jonathan Nesteruk. Lighting assistants: Max Bernetz, Brent Lee. Photography assistant: Will Englehardt. Fashion assistants: Bryn Taubensee, Carmel Snow. Hair assistant: Shingo Shibata. Makeup assistant: Yuko Suyama.