Part One : the Jacket
Inspiration: I am mainly inspired by the intricate structures of these designs. Kawakubo was inspired by Japanese culture ( monster and ghost ) I think. The shapes of the garments are very innovative. Kawakubo showed that the pre-conception of forms of garments can be abandoned. It inspired to think deeper of my jacket project and how I can really create a unique form for my design.
Inspiration: Nick Cave isn't an fashion designer. But he designs garment. Those garments are so conceptual. They are so innovative. Nick Cave never designs something ordinary like a simply tailor jacket. He creates whole new designs for his work. Once again, he is one of those " creative designers" who abandoned the preconception of fashion.
Marga Weimans is an ambitious, international oriented fashion house, which expands itself to multiple disciplines including fashion, architecture and fine arts. Weimans graduated as a fashion designer at the prestigious Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts, one of the world leading fashion programs. Her graduation collection The Power Of My Dreams won an I-D award in 2005 which is organized by worldwide fashion magazine I-D. With this collection she was also nominated for the Design Prize Rotterdam. Since her succesful graduation Weimans' work is purchased by and exhibited at the Groninger Museum. In recent years she has achieved many successes. Her collections were presented in two haute couture weeks in Paris and in several exhibitions in Dutch Museums.
Weimans pushes the boundaries of the fashion industry with her designs. She is interested in the combination of fashion and architecture. Her collections are very broad: from haute couture to pret a porter, including architectural showpieces and minimalistic dresses. The designer worked together with several artists from other fields like industrial designers and architects. Weimans wants to show her personal development and innovation in the designs. The realistic everyday environment of her studio is reflected in her work and transforms into a sublime dreamlike world. She incorporates elements of nature and space and uses earth tones and natural fabrics.She works with 3D perspectives and her designs include architectural materials like wood, iron and resin. She also creates her own fabrics by mixing fabric with fiberglass. in this way, Weimans' designs tell a personal story of how her creative ideas come about.
Because of her black roots Weimans is also interested in exploring the role of black women in our current global, complex culture. With her collection "Source of Power Collection", Weimans gave an image of the eccentricity, political incorrectness and dignity that come to play analyzing the contemporary black woman.
Inspiration: I have always been obsessed with Junji Ito's manga. Those horror manga are so innovation and inspiring. They always carry crazy ideas I have never thought of. Somehow my jacket project reminded me his ideas. Actually my jacket is from a vintage market. My jacket is literally 60 years old. To depart a 60-year-old thing seemed to be very daunting to me. I didn't know who wore it and what was inside this mysterious jacket. I was thinking about Junji Ito's horror manga at that time. That's how I got inspired.
Moreover, the structure and the tubes of the walking machine in Ito's Gyo inspired me to build a similar structure on my jacket.
Junji Ito : Gyo; the walking machine
Part Two : Fabric design
Chiharu Shiota is a Japanese performance and installation artist best known for creating room-filling, monumental yet delicate, poetic environments. Central to the artist’s work are the themes of remembrance and oblivion, dreaming and sleeping, traces of the past and childhood, and dealing with anxieties. Shiota finds diverse visual expressions for these subject matters, the most celebrated being impenetrable installations made of black thread which often enclose various household and everyday, personal objects: a burnt-out piano, a wedding dress, a lady’s mackintosh, sometimes even the sleeping artist herself.
Chiharu Shiota belongs to a generation of young artists who have gained international attention in recent years for body-related art. Her education at German art schools with Marina Abramovic from 1996 provides a key to her pictorial language that is unmistakably oriented around the artistic solutions of the performance and installation art of the 1970s. Marina Abramovic along with Ana Mendieta, Janine Antoni, Louise Bourgeois, Carolee Schneemann, and Rebecca Horn, are the forerunners of the performative installation art on which Shiota's pictorial language builds.
Chiharu Shiota studied at Kyoto Seike University (Japan), Canberra Shool of Art as well as in Braunschweig and at the UdK in Berlin in Germany with Marina Abramovic and Rebecca Horn.
Recent solo exhibitions include: a solo show at the Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, USA and at the Staatsgalerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany (both 2014), "Trace of Memory" at the Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, USA (2013)", Red Line" at Kenji Taki Gallery, Tokyo, Japan (2013), "Labyrinth of Memory" at La Sucriére, Lyon, France (2012), "Where Are We Going?" at the Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa, Japan (2012), "Chiharu Shiota" at the Schleswig Holsteinischer Kunstverein, Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2012), "Home of Memory" at La Maison Rouge, Paris, France (2011) and "Breath of the Spirit" at The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan (2008).
Group exhibitions include: Museum on the Seams, Jerusalem, Israel and Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2013), National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo, Japan (2007), Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Germany (2006), P.S.1/MoMA, New York, USA (2003) as well as the Biennials in Venice, Italy (2011), Fukuoka, Japan (2005) and Yokohama, Japan (2001).
Maurizio Anzeri makes his portraits by sewing directly into found vintage photographs. His embroidered patterns garnish the figures like elaborate costumes, but also suggest a psychological aura, as if revealing the person’s thoughts or feelings. The antique appearance of the photographs is often at odds with the sharp lines and silky shimmer of the threads. The combined media gives the effect of a dimension where history and future converge. The image used in Round Midnight is an early 20th century ‘glamour shot’ that at the time would have been considered titillating for both the girl’s nudity and ethnicity. Anzeri’s delicately stitched veil recasts the figure with an uncomfortable modesty, overlaying a past generation’s cross-cultural anxieties with an allusion to our own.
Besides, I am inspired by the following pictures :