Gibran Ramos’ Mad Maus World
It’s been a Mad Mad world in Montreal this year. Terms such as Mausketters, stylish debauchery and mad milliners have become part of the hipster’s lexicon. An exclusive event held every third Saturday of the month, MAD MAUS is an artistic expression of design, pop culture and music. Gibran Ramos, aka Daddy Maus, masterminded the mad affair by drawing inspiration from the Bauhuas movement, surrealism of the Great Depression and, for the event’s signature look, Van Beuren’s mice circa 1930. Stylists, fashion designers and artists are commissioned to create a hat featuring devilishly stylish mouse ears. Past collaborators list hatter Midence Oliu, albino super-model Shaun Ross and NY accessory designer Chris Habana.
With a fashionable crowd fit for an avant-garde catwalk, the year’s last happening invites Lady GaGa’s own mad hatter Charlie Le Mindu whom he’ll present a couture piece created exclusively for MAD MAUS.
Having been to a few parties myself, I’ve become quite fond of Gibran Ramos’ exceptional vision, infinite ingenuity and most of all, his down-to-earth demeanor. Collaborating with Ramos and photographer Sebastien Roy, we created an editorial piece illustrating the wicked web of Gibran’s playground prior to discoursing his fashion and art mantra, a personal stylistic view and what’s next in his madness.
Besides being Daddy Maus, what else do you do?
I’m an art director, TV editor, fashion filmmaker and contemporary nomad.
Overall I’m a dreamer…a capricious one.
How would you describe your style?
My style is very personal. I don’t follow trends. I prefer to play with proportions, textures, shapes and make my everyday looks a different experience, depending on my mood and the occasion. Everything is improvised and at the same time coldly calculated. I need to wear the perfect clothes, with the right accessories and the matching scent in order to feel good but I never plan my looks in advance. Dressing to me, it’s like a moment of fashion instinct.
What are your most prized possessions?
My two lovely hairless dogs Tizoc (Xoloitzcuintle) and Dashi (Chinese Crested). I love animals and I’m about to expand my little family with a blue sphinx cat and a squirrel monkey. The perfect pets for my winter house in Mexico City!
Where do you get your inspiration?
Fashion, literature, cinéma d’auteur, music, architecture and design are my main inspirations.
I love to read a lot from Apollinaire to Lezama Lima, from fashion magazines to philosophical manifestos.
Why did you begin MAD MAUS?
I wanted to create connections between people in the fashion industry from around the world- models, designers, photographers, journalist, students, fashionistas, makeup artists, stylists, etc. The party is the best place to meet people and have a blast. Networking is capital nowadays. I make things happen through this happening.
Who would you like see attend MAD MAUS?
The self proclaimed Asian Punk Boy, Terence Koh and Brit cultural provocateur Matthew Stone behind the dj booth!
What future projects are you working on?
I’m going to bring to Montreal, in collaboration with Diane Pernet, A Shaded View on Fashion Film. It’s a festival consecrated to fashion movies.
And working in different editorial and ad campaigns in Mexico city and London.
Fashion and art keep me busy.
If you could travel in time (past or future), where would you go?
I’d love to see the beginning and the end of our time.
But if I have the choice I’d prefer to live forever. I love my life so much that I don’t want to die. I’d give anything to live in a permanent state of disbelief suspension.
What do you attribute your avant-garde point of view?
I could blame Friedrich Nietzsche, Pasolini, Sade, Klaus Nomi and my parents but I guess it’s my simple curiosity that pushed me to experiment and think outside of the box. I get bored so easily that I need to create and recreate. Art is a big part of my life and the best incentives to accomplish my dreams.
What’s next for MAD MAUS?
MAD MAUS will become an itinerary party presented in different capitals of the world, from Mexico City to Tokyo.
In 2011 I’ll host the party in Montreal twice a year with big names, designers, artists and musicians. You haven’t seen anything yet!
MAD MAUS :: CHARLIE LE MINDU
WHO In collaboration with BELVEDERE VODKA & LE PETIT HOTEL, hatter Charlie Le Mindu creates an exception couture piece for Mad Maus.
WHAT Dress code in black, human hair and taxidermy.
WHERE 2005 1/2 Saint-Denis (corner Ontario)
WHEN Friday, November 19
For a preview of the night, check out past Mad Maus featuring the Misshapes
Editorial images courtesy of Sebastien Roy