“Thad Beaumont’s brain was the colour of a conch shell’s outer edge — a medium gray with just the slightest tinge of rose. Protruding from the smooth surface of the dura was a single blind and malformed human eye.
The brain was pulsing slightly. The eye pulsed with it. It looked as if it were trying to wink at them… In addition to the eye, they found part of a nostril, three fingernails, and two teeth. One of the teeth had a small cavity in it.
The eye went on pulsing and trying to wink right up to the second when Pritchard used the needle-scalpel to first puncture and then excise it.” Extract from The Dark Half, Stephen King, Hodder & Stoughton, 1989 First quoted by Dr. RH Lewis in 1960, fetus-in-fetu (FIF), more frequently referred to as The Vanishing Twin Syndrome is an extremely rare condition in which a malformed parasitic twin is found in the body of its partner. The fetus is derived from the same zygote tissue as its host, sometimes with well-differentiated limbs and fetoid features. FIF can be diagnosed prior to surgery with current imaging modalities such as ultrasound.
Inspired by Stephen King’s 1989 horror classic ‘The Dark Half’, Eugene Lin’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection ‘The Vanishing Twin’ examines the FIF medical condition to find that fact is sometimes more phenomenal than fiction. Celebrating the strange, diverse beauty of life, Lin once again pushes the boundaries of creative cutting to a new level in this, his third collection.
Each exquisitely crafted garment highlights the beauty of the theme through skilful cutting and colour choice. The collection features garments, which have additional straps and appendages of its infused “twin”, in-grown waistbands on trousers and draping that mimics twisted muscle tissue. Hybrid garments include jackets with in-grown waistcoat details and shirts with vests, cut in luxurious 100% pure silk jersey, with washed and glazed cotton. Viscose jersey, which has a texture reminiscent of ultrasound scans, has also been introduced to broaden the accessibility of the carefully balanced range. The silhouette is trademark Eugene Lin — slim, refined and effortlessly elegant. A sophisticated palette echoes the inspiration — midnight blue and charcoal from medical imaging technology, mink and grey from brain tissue, rust and bitter chocolate for coagulated blood, with an accent of terracotta from iodine — the essential trace element of life.