Estere's collection was inspired by her trip home to the capital of Art Nouveau - Riga (Latvia) and the white sand shores of the Baltic Sea. The concept for the narrative was derived from her personal memories of childhood and experiences of losing a home - all depicted inside the dream of a troublesome and young victim of love.
Estere reveals in her design practice she is most inspired by the raw, 'ugly' emotions that make us human and alive such as fear, anger, depression or pain. 'I let it guide me in an intuitive and positive way. And the results are more personal, heartfelt, honest and transparent. 'WORLDS THAT NEVER WERE' reflect our deepest desires that were only ever that - hopes, dreams. Or just fairytales.'
I initially started with putting broken parts of my past together after my trip home. I was inspired by the Jewish history and heritage as my mother speaks Hebrew. Art Nouveau monuments that wrap the skyline of Riga led me to discover the great artisans of the 1920s'. Reflecting on heartbreak and the longing for a time and a place where it was all possible warped the theme into a rich and deceiving fairytale. And then I saw the photo of the boy asleep on the train next to a coastline, and it all clicked.
The narrative unfolds as a Jewish boy falls asleep in a train cabin on his way home from boarding school. The dream replays his memories of home, childhood and ethnic inheritance. With the train tracks passing seaside and lakes, the fantasy is infused with creatures of the underworld. The femme fatale, a sea siren, depicts his heartbreak within a turbulent Art Nouveau tranquility. And the elusive, uncertain reality that his destination presents entails a journey of self that seams to last forever.
To recreate the liquidity of the dream ribbed knit strips created melting silhouettes that tied around and suffocated the garments. Art Nouveau inspired the linework and the materials include vintage repurposed rhombus pattern cotton textiles made in East Europe in the 1960s. Jew traditional wear inspired striped fabrics, rib jersey and plisse pleats. Sea sirens sculpted the fishtail skirt hems and trouser cut-out detail was borrowed from Rene Lalique's jewelry creature's wings. The wetsuit from blush jersey and liquid silhouettes depicted the dreamer boy's escape to the worlds that never were.