The uniform of anti-conformism, by fashion designer Judith van Vliet
A furry sculpture, a nest, a magic forest, a metaphor, a symbolic design, but especially a manifesto against conformism. Young fashion designer Judith van Vliet expresses her opinion of Western fashion and popular styles with her graduate collection at HKU.
"Our society imposes rules which we respect without asking ourselves why, levelling our unique personalities". Which is why the collection of the freshly graduated designer displays "a uniform as the expression of a personality, that grows and takes control of the garment itself".
Each piece is made with both basic materials and organic ones such as sedge, wood and cotton, which abound on the suits with a contemporary cut. And it’s the textiles themselves that take root, grow and determine the uniqueness of the garments, their silhouette, position and the coloration process. Sculptural pieces almost belonging to the world of art, that offer a cross section of the potential of the Dutch designer, selected by lichting.nl in 2012, as one of the 14 best graduates of fashion design.
Photos via judithvanvliet.nl
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