I see clothing as a powerful means of communication. A statement is always conveyed — consciously and unconsciously. People are judged by their appearance, even if only subconsciously. The means of clothing can be used to demonstrate power, to show one's success, one's belonging to a certain group or to protect.
In my work, the human body is the main focus. Clothing is a strong communication tool: We're always communicating with the way we dress - whether we want to or not. It is through the human body that clothing comes alive and communicates. Inspirations like psychology and the human as a being, music and dance, flow into my design process. Extensive research in these areas allows me to find my own approach to design and developing shapes and materials.
"sending flowers" is a confrontation between humans and their self-constructed projection of an icon. Based on the definition of the icon as a longing, three were chosen: Self-fulfilment, Love, and Meaningfulness. The human being feels the need to get closer to these and to reach them. This carries the danger that one's own identity is completely disregarded. The inner compulsion to achieve the perfection of the icon, even the illusionary perfection itself, arises.
Dissolving icons — the collection visualizes the detachment from the icon. The icon is deliberately presented as a shell. It's not about emulating the icon as a shell but ones own individual longings and desires. Recognizing the own precious values and reflecting how to get closer to them. The presentation of the collection reflects the act of letting go of the shell by taking inspiration of the farewell ritual related to funerals.
The aim of the collection was to represent an exaggeration and on the other hand, a detachment. Through the six showpieces, the icons and the way people deal with these very longings are visualized. The three icons were depicted as rigid shells that one can put on but never merge into them. Each of the icons has its own symbolism, visualized by brass frames. Giving them a static, indestructible look. The detachment from the icons begins with the other three looks and is completed graphically through the 30 design sketches of the complete collection. It visualizes a development of detachment. The rigidity of the icon and the shell it represents becomes softer and more fluid. With lighter materials and flowy patterns, the weight of the icons with its pressure is reduced to a point, where the focus comes back to the wearer and the own body. The philosophy behind the collection is about living out one's identity without bowing to the pressures of society's prescribed ideals.