Shone Puipia

University / School:
royal academy of fine arts antwerp
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Collection – The Wild Bunch

Following the past two collections, the identity of the woman continues to evolve and transform with my Master collection, “The Wild Bunch”. I am very much interested in the power of fashion to convey a vision – giving insight into a constructed world, a dreamscape. The works of German avant-garde photographer Grete Stern, especially in her series of photomontages of dream sequences and the American contemporary artist Sarah Sze, with her monumental installations made from various found objects that make up an other worldly landscape lay the ground work on the development of this collection.
Taking a departure point from Peter Weir’s 1975 mystery-drama ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’, we follow a group of Victorian schoolgirls who dared to trust their instincts and venture into the wild rugged landscape of Hanging Rock. Their mysterious disappearance prompts me to ask where they could have ended up to. Their innocence and youth along with their pure virginal dresses carry a darker, wilder undertone. Perhaps they entered into a parallel reality where their perfect setting seems to have turned over and a hot-blooded energy have taken over. Lines are loosening up and edges broken down.
The collection explores the contrast between the proper Victoriana elements and a more sensual and sexual side of dressing – the girls revealing their “wild” side. There is that fragility, that frilliness, but there’s also a certain roughness in the way things are put together. Colors and textures break into things that were purer. Floral and animalistic aspects find new ways of expression through other unexpected sources of materials. There is an emphasis on handwork, from the needle felting, hand embroideries, and the handwoven fabrics. They are clothes for women who roam the wild and living in this dreamscape.
Shone Puipia is a fashion designer. Born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, Puipia grew up in a creative atmosphere with both parents as visual artists. As a young boy, one could always find him doodling on sketchbooks accompanying his parents to art events and travels. After completing his high school in Bangkok, Puipia attended the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp from 2013-2015 where he has received a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts for Fashion. He has recently graduated from the MA program in 2016. Being a man of few words, Puipia lets his work tell its story. He designs womenswear and explores the vibrant personalities that embody his collections. Working with bold color combinations, strong cuts, rich textures and materials, his design gives a view into the worlds of these captivating women.