UPDATED: On Wednesday, March 2, 2005, Tori made an appearance and performed in Paris, France at Dutch designers Viktor and Rolf's Fall Winter 2005-06 ready-to-wear fashion collection. I don't think Tori actually walked the runway, but she did play at the piano while other models walked. Style.com reports that she premiered "a specially commissioned 15-minute composition set to the biblical words of the Song of Solomon. 'I sleep walked, my heart waketh,' she sang, dramatically..." Style.com also has two photos of Tori at the event, which are here and here. You can also see photos of Tori at this event at news.yahoo.com. The best are here, here, here and here. In addition, you can find several photos from this event at gettyimages.com. (Although you have to be a member to see them full-sized.) Thanks to the many people who told me about this, including Nicole Basurto, Trent, Eric Antos, Nexsub and Paul Cole. Lastly, you can read an article about Tori's appearance at this show from The Independent newspaper in the U.K. This story appears in the March 3, 2005 edition.
Here is the text of the article from the U.K. newspaper The Independent:
Tori Amos makes Viktor and Rolf's dreams come true
By Susie Rushton in Paris
The flame-haired American singer Tori Amos captivated the audience at Viktor & Rolf's fashion show held at the intimate Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris yesterday. Swaying wildly as she played a grand piano set in the middle of a stage, Amos, dressed in a kimono with matching trousers and high heels, sang a composition that appeared to refer to unrest in the Middle East, as models circled around her piano wearing Viktor & Rolf's autumn/winter 2005 collection.
However, the predominant theme for this collection seemed not to be any political issue but dreams and fantasy. A lipstick-red satin duvet coat, worn with enormous feather pillows pinioned to the back of a model's head, her hair splayed across it as if tucked up in bed, was both surreal and charming.
The Dutch design duo behind yesterday's spectacle - also known as Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren - are famed for staging high-impact theatrical conceits while other designers are content to settle for a simple catwalk. For past shows the bespectacled designers have made over a cast of models as clones of the actress Tilda Swinton, projected videos onto electric-blue clothing and, at the beginning of their careers, launched a perfume in a bottle that couldn't be opened. Last year they debuted their first real perfume, but it seems that mainstream success has not yet satiated their appetite for drama.
Yesterday's concert-cum-fashion show, held in a theatre known for its avant-garde productions, was one of their most gripping yet. However, there were plenty of real-life clothes suitable for a woman's waking hours on show. While Amos sang passionately, Viktor & Rolf for their part sent out an ode to the classic white shirt, which was either given a froth of bedlinen-style broderie anglais at the collar or pinned with embroidery samples. In this predominantly black and white collection the designers also demonstrated that they can cut a mean pair of trousers - the commercial mainstay of many fashion brands. Theirs are flat fronted and boyish, or quilted and worn with a tuxedo jacket.
For evening, Viktor & Rolf proposed either black wrap dresses or oyster or caramel-coloured floor sweeping gowns with pretty drapes of fabric falling from model's bare shoulders.
A final fairytale princess dress of ivory tulle and satin embellished with the words "I Love You" written in red sequinned script spelt out a happy ending for the duo's dreamlike spectacle.
Here is the text of an article from Style.com
PARIS, March 2, 2005 - Just as fashion fatigue threatened to set in at the collections, Viktor & Rolf dreamed up a fantasy solution: Why not go to work in your bed? Lily Cole, for one, appeared on set with her red hair splayed out on a pristine, lace-edged cotton pillow and a neatly folded-over sheet inserted into the neck of her coat. She led a troupe of fellow sleep-deprived models, all in V & R's surprisingly chic renderings of bedclothes: shirts that were part sheets, with all the eyelet trims and frills intact; comforting duvet coats with huge wolf-trimmed collars; suits fashioned from quilts; and charmeuse boudoir sheets wrapped into evening dresses.
The somnambulist girls circled a stage where Tori Amos sat at a grand piano, premiering a specially commissioned 15-minute composition set to the biblical words of the Song of Solomon. "I sleep walked, my heart waketh," she sang, dramatically tossing her mane of crimped red locks. Sound mad? It was, but in a gentle sort of way. Fashion needs an occasional nudge of performance lunacy, if only to keep itself awake. And in any case, these days, Viktor & Rolf don't allow surrealist antics to block the view of their increasingly accomplished way with smartly normal clothes.
These included some of the season's best black tuxedo pants, dashing black raincoats with fan-pleated storm flaps, and a pea coat with frilled edges. In the sheet department, shirts with broderie anglaise edgings and folded fronts were a great contribution to the season's growing white shirt trend. And a beautiful charmeuse and lace gown (embroidered with a red rose, like a love token left on a pillow) proved that Viktor & Rolf are learning how to whip up dresses for a dreamy night.
- Sarah Mower