With this series, part of researching ways to photograph my collection, my aim was to create open, bias- and judgment-free portraits. Even though the collection is about the connection between life and death, the photos are actually a celebration of life, of diversity, of the beauty in our differences and how personal features are a thing we should be proud of – and not try to fit in to the status quo of the fashion & beauty industry standards.
We view faces and hands differently. You only really know what the hands of people close to you look like. Maybe you’ll remember the hands of someone you vaguely know, because of a very specific, uncommon feature, like a tattoo, extreme manicure, or a big scar. But you can probably only recognize the hands of your family, close friends and people you meet regularly. Your colleagues at work, the cashier at your local grocery. You’ll know exactly the liver spots on your (grand)mother’s hands, the chubbiness of your father’s, your friend’s crooked pinky finger, the eczema on your kid’s wrist.
The pictures, with significant details like skin tone and structure, the shape and length of nails, arm hairs, wrinkles and knuckles, represent not a specific person, but help people relate to either themselves or a person they might know, and create their own individual narratives
The collection functions as a backdrop, color and fabric of the garments create a mood and the hands themselves put focus on the handwork and details.
Chrissie Houtkooper recently graduated from ArtEZ MA Shoe Design.
Her collection ‘Cray Cray’ consists of shoes that incorporate both streetwear influenced slash minimalist ingredients and lavishly hand-decorated traditional references. It is experimental in materials (and the combination thereof), in shape, in construction and in the combination of modernity and craftsmanship.
What I love about the collection, apart from what’s already mentioned above, is how it creates new silhouettes, new shapes around the foot. And the attention to detail – even insoles have received special care and attention.
I photographed the lookbook for Chrissie’s collection.
On March 5th, 2015, I presented my graduation collection ‘Kū’, along with my fellow students of ArtEZ MA Fashion Design & Shoe Design.
Show location was the beautiful Atelier Néerlandais in Paris, and we presented during fashion week.
It’s been a couple of weeks so I’ve had time to think back and reflect. Despite the inevitable stress it was a wonderful experience, and I feel proud and grateful to have had the opportunity to show in Paris.
‘Kū’ is about transitioning. A celebration of life and death and the stories we leave behind after we pass away. After death, in the memories of others, we’re better, bigger, faster, stronger than we were in reality. Our beauty may well be in our decay; our impermance and fragility.
In the book ‘Heavenly Bodies,’ skeletons mostly from the Roman catacombs lavishly decorated and put up as saints in various churches are portrayed. Given a new life after death, to serve as an example of what awaits for those who live a ‘good’ life. A kind of eternity in transcience.
I tried to capture this duality within silhouettes – large shrouds or lush caftans, in fabrics, colors and materials – a high-quality (but slightly boring) llama wool blends into a plastic mix fabric, ton-sur-ton red lurex merges into a red wool by way of sequins, plastic bottles become deathly flowers, embroidered with Czech glass beads and derinking straws. Dead stock items such as jeans and reworked sunglasses are added as styling components.
By carefully reworking fabrics and trash materials, new life, value and meaning is given to the perishable. Through a labour of love, a moment to be still yet a moment to run wild.
These lookbook photos taken after the catwalk presentation show the garments at the state they were in at that moment; many are a work in progress. Some garments might never be fully finished, as love can always be added.
Photography © Louise te Poele
Today’s Mister Motley publication on MA Fashion Design graduation collection ‘Kū’.
Fashion Glossary UK (FGUK) is an online publication dedicated to delivering you the latest in Fashion, Culture, Music and Art , bringing you the most important updates from established to new creatives from around the world. – See more at: http://www.fashionglossaryuk.com/about/#sthash.N9ydPhAV.dpufFashion Glossary UK (FGUK) is an online publication dedicated to delivering you the latest in Fashion, Culture, Music and Art , bringing you the most important updates from established to new creatives from around the world. – See more at: http://www.fashionglossaryuk.com/about/#sthash.N9ydPhAV.dpuf
Fashion Glossary UK (FGUK) is an online publication dedicated to delivering the latest in Fashion, Culture, Music and Art, bringing the most important updates from established to new creatives from around the world. They wrote an article about Verena‘s collection, featuring my lookbook photos!Fashion Glossary UK (FGUK) is an online publication dedicated to delivering you the latest in Fashion, Culture, Music and Art , bringing you the most important updates from established to new creatives from around the world. – See more at: http://www.fashionglossaryuk.com/about/#sthash.N9ydPhAV.dpuf
Indie Mag have been writing about their favorite collections for a while. From established names like Alexander McQueen and Jeremy Scott to recent graduates, the most exciting and interesting fashion collections have been featured on their blog.
I’m happy and proud Verena Schepperheyn’s graduate collection ‘All this in its place for now’, for which I photographed the lookbook, is featured in their Collection Crush section!
See part of the lookbook and read an interview with Verena here.
Verena Schepperheyn just graduated from ArtEZ Fashion Masters. Her menswear collection, titled ‘All this in its place for now’, is inspired by the western female wardrobe and built by following the Wabi Sabi aesthetic. Wabi Sabi is a Japanese world view, according to which everything is just a stage of a process – there should be an acceptance of the imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.
Verena asked me to photograph her lookbook. I tried to capture the collection’s raw and edgy softness, its masculine fluidity and beautiful handworked details.
Clothing: Verena Schepperheyn
Shoes: Verena Schepperheyn in collaboration with Rosanne Bergsma
Photography: Sunanda Koning
Model: Vin Cobussen