Chalayan is inspired by the way in which world events, including wars, revolutions, political and social changes have shaped fashion over the course of a century. Through One Hundred and Eleven, he commented on time and history in a collaboration with Swarovski that celebrated the crystal company’s 111th anniversary. As early as 2001, Chalayan had begun to explore the concept of morphing in his film for the Mapreading (autumn-winter 2001) collection. With One Hundred and Eleven, he pushed the idea further, creating a series of hand-constructed mechanical dresses which, as part’s moved, physically morphed from one era’s style to another. Representing a fashion history retrospective of over a century, Chalayan began with a high-necked, full-length Victorian silhouette dating from 1895 that metamorphosed, at the touch of a button, to a looser-fitting dress that rose to the calf in a 1910 style before transforming into a distinctive 1920s flapper dress. With six morphing dresses, Chalayan leapt through decades and iconic silhouettes engineering a spectacular vision of fashion and its vocabulary. The soundtrack provided a contrast to the stunning technological feats by bringing together audio fragments taken from jet engines, trench warfare and aerial bombings.