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Object 12-1 is an end-product of my university experiment in the multiplication of material which I performed as a student of fashion design with the help of my mentor Jasminka Končić. In the production of this piece of clothing, a contemporary material is used whose original qualities were preserved to the same degree to which the qualities of the stone used for the construction of the cathedral were preserved. The material feels like EVA or rock when you touch it, but its original look is completely changed. OBJECT 12-1 is created with the use of the laser cutter and the “plug and feather” mechanics. Its production lasted for three months. The Šibenik cathedral is a chiseled stone building dated from the year 153. Both objects are atypical for their field (fashion and architecture): they exemplify a very inventive use of material, and spontaneously express their own visual culture forming a “cape - suit”.

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Matija is based in Zagreb, Croatia. He studied at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Textile and Technology. His collections are produced in Croatia.

Matija Čop is a first-year graduate student of Fashion Design at the Faculty of Textile Design of the University in Zagreb. Before enrolling he studied Croatian Philology at the Faculty of Philosophy. With his mentor Jasminka Končić he is working on understanding fashion. In his work he speaks the language of fashion with a strong conceptual and multidisciplinary background. As he is still a student, his work up to now is occupied by the fashion object as the starting form of studying fashion garments. In search of his own voice, he pays great attention to the material he uses and to the conceptual background. Along with his exploratory collections, he has shown a few commercial collections during the Croatian Fashion Week, The main theme of his work, which he deals with in various ways, is the question of identity. In the City Lace collection, he deals with the identity of the city as a unique code by which cities differ completely. The collection Object 12-1 applies authentic architectural techniques of montage which he then introduces into fashion language. The last collection, in which the fashion object is slowly transformed into a fashion garment, Homeless in Heaven, strongly questions clothing as the single property of a homeless person, and in doing so, attaches importance to the garment and questions the very identity of it. A collection trilogy of sorts with its intro collections ATW.MO6 and the interpolated study of the Stratum collection were winners of many commendations: first place at the Young/Creative/Chevrolet competition, a CDS (Croatian Designers Society) award in the student category for best work in the last two years, first place at the international competition Habitus Baltija in Riga, Latvia. City Lace and Object 12-1 works have been exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Crafts and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. Besides having exhibited his works at fashion shows, competitions, as well as his own exhibitions, City Lace was shown at the international conference Blaž Baromić in Senj, Croatia. He also worked as assistant costume designer for the film Lapitch the Little Shoemaker.