'Manteaux de Soir': the students of ABKM at their first industrial brief
From a brief by Innofa, a Dutch company specialized in materials for interiors, to collection "Manteaux de Soir", created by 10 students at their second year of the fashion course at ABKM, the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Maastricht, around the theme of hygiene.
To realize this project the young designers were inspired by the movie Roma by Fellini, a fantastic document in which everything becomes spectacle, party, carousel, from the lifestyle of its inhabitants to the ecclesiastical environment, though traversed by omens and funereal images.
In his love/hate for the eternal city Fellini narrates a world that revolves around opposing elements like the quotidian and the sacred, what is revealed and what is concealed. The two designers translated this universe through the colors red and white, deciding en route to add tones of black to some pieces.
"The objective of the project", explain two of the students involved, Maarten van Mulken and Sonja Nechar, "was to find an interesting form starting with a limited number of materials and colors. At this point, the challenge was mostly the composition of silhouettes through the manipulation of materials".
The results are evening coats tailor-made for a woman who is "normal" by day and transforms into a sort-of oracle by night.
an empire of color