Eclectically interested in things and the people that live among them, I am always imagining possibilities for creation. I feel ready to get my hands dirty to change things within the fashion industry for all of us.
10 of my early years were spent practising classical dance. The connection between dance, music, performance and most importantly physical expression shaped my creativity and enriched my imagination. Growing up speaking different languages and in multiple countries has exposed me to a tremendous volume of experiences and endowed me with a deeply curious personality. I live within my mind in a grand idea windmill.
This project originated out of my love for the sophistication of historical garments. It had to be theatrical, but also practical. Picture the following: « Oscar Wilde dressing himself at Sports Direct ». I imagined dramatically fun individuals playing a 19th century piece while trekking up a summit. Garments that are a mix of historical and modern outdoor pieces. The project is called “Voorstelling”, which translates to “performance”. This is my first performance within the fashion world.
Specialising in pattern-making and draping, I found myself drawn to the complexity within both historical and modern garments. The cut-outs and multiple panels we find on hiking gear are quite similar to the ones on a 19th century bodice. I studied the historical bodice while looking at multiple hiking jackets to then drape and come to an interesting piece. I moreover wanted to put a lot of focus into the sleeves, outrageous and bonkers they had to be.
For this BA project I was determined to use 100% recycled fabrics. It had to be like that. Being young and looking to the fashion industry I am disgusted by the waste that it brings along. I felt responsible and I knew that with my project I could make my first step, create a small change that can later become necessary. I started putting out facebook posts and messages asking friends to give me any old or unused textile lying around. I emptied attics and found some textiles at an art material depot. To have been able to 100% locally source and recycle this collection has been a great motivation. It is right now that we have to make a big change.