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ONE AUTUMN WINTER 12 13 Individual identity – what is it? Can it be grasped, and, most of all, is it static or changeable, just like everyone’s attitude to life is? The idea that everyone goes through various states of being in their lives in order to arrive at one’s ‘core identity’, seems logical enough – just as the concept of a parrallel development of individual and world does. Most people would describe themselves as single individuals that rebuild and reinvent themselves time and again, and solely on their own account. IN reality this means that every person shapes their own reality in which he or she exists as a very independent person equipped with an all-encompassing ego. What ultimately becomes clear is that the perception of individual truth is at stake here. In reverse this means that absolute truth is hardly attainable at all. Consequently, the question pops up whether it is indeed the individual’s ego that keeps them from perceiving and living in a universal, truly real world. One of the most striking examples for the collective creation of a potentially illogical reality is the determination of gender roles. Although it is a proven fact that men and women share many qualities and traits of the other biological gender, they have been confined to fixed roles for at least two millennia. Those ‘role corsets’ have no bearing on their actual emotional and biological reality, and they bring up the question how we are to define and reimagine our biological and social gender in order to step by step arrive at a much more universal truth. So, ultimately: why are we confining ourselves to our own egos? Because we are too afraid to lose not only ourselves but also the all-too-narrow boundaries we set ourselves? Maybe we manage to free ourselves of this indefinite kind of fear if we finally start perceiving ourselves as part of a great or even universal reality. Cocoon-like shapes and wide capes embody the individual’s relation to their self, while high-necked collars point at depicting introversion. On the one hand, the garments made from heavy woollen fabrics offer a great level of consistency and linearity. Fixed gender denominations are not a part of the concept. On the other hand, transparent and light fabrics represent the presentation of the self. While the shapes are still very much devoted to the unity of masculine and feminine features, lace, silk and chiffon explicitly uncover them without idealising them. In the ONE collection, black is the dominant colour. It is the linking agent, while the delicate colour accents of creme beige and olive unsettle it time and again. REVIEWS about the collection you can find here: http://www.thecoup.de/labels/von-bardonitz
About the Designer
Nicole is based in BERLIN, Germany. She studied at berlin fashionschool. Her collections are produced in Germany.
Nicole Roscher launched the fashion label VON BARDONITZ in November 2007.
The label´s name came to her after she had found old photos and documents in her grandmother's attic. They testified of her family´s history, leading her all the way back to Baron von Bardonitz. A generation before her grandmother, he had lived in Czechoslovakia, thus being the great-gandfather of the Berlin-based designer. By realising the life stories of imaginary and real family members, VON BARDONITZ both stands for a creative reworking of its own family history and the treatment of social topics via short stories and collections. The typical VON BARDONITZ style adopts classic gents cuts and transposes them onto every existing gender concept. Traditional forms are relegated to their geometric components, which in turn are then rearranged. The dislocation, augmentation and new definition of proportions embodies and celebrates the liberation from the existing conventions.