This Ukraine themed collection is a successful example of how used clothes can be repurposed into a couture statement ensemble. ”Artisanal” is particularly relevant as repurposing is a theme that is gaining steam as we begin to seriously assess our diminishing lack of natural resources & to contemplate the problem of waste brought about by decades of fast fashion.
The show notes state, “This is our manifesto… there is just a never-ending wheel of Sansara, a cycle of transformation that eventually becomes a new garment.”
The collection is a an elevated repurposing of second-hand clothes, as also seen recently at Maison Martin Margiela. The cotton “Shirts jacket” took 37 hours of handiwork using traditional Ukrainian folk weaving & sewing technologies involving cross-weaving & high quality yarns.
The stark white background of this jacket provides the perfect backdrop to showcase the workmanship & texture of the Ukrainian techniques. The final result yields a bespoke double-breasted jacket with a uniquely artisanal twist.
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