A Knackfuss

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Collection – Syncopia

‘Syncopia’, the name of the collection, is a compound word of ‘syncopation’, which means a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm, and ‘Utopia’, a community or society possessing perfect qualities. The collection is inspired by the character of Rachael in Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, who lives in a kind of dystopia. It’s about that point when fantasy and visions of the future become entangled with nostalgia, the need for sophistication in a classic sense, as a kind of reminder that time does not forget true style. The volumes and layers of the pieces suggest a kind of protective clothing, and the colours, ranging from purple to grey and olive, are inspired by giant gas clouds from deep space known as ‘nebulae’. The prints are cross-influenced by fractal geometry and a Japanese dying technique called ‘Shibori’. Pleats and checks stand for geometric rhythms and repetitions. The accessories are made exclusively out of cellulose acetate.

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After her graduation as costum tailor Alice Knackfuss has graduated from the Fashion and Design Academy in Munich. She worked in the design departments of Kris van Assche and Ute Ploier. In 2009 she was one of the finalists of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyeres and of ITS#EIGHT (International Talent Support ) in Triest, here she won the Diesel Award. After working in the men's department at Diesel she moved to Belgium where she created her first commercialised capsule collection in collaboration with Simon-Pierre Toussaint called "DEAREST", a platform for small collaborations between designers and artists. More editions of DEAREST are planned. In 2011 she started her own women's line.