Imagine an utopian back yard with colorful, toxic flowers in a new fairytale world. A bubble that bursts after one touch, a start of melting together with the garden and becoming one with the mutated flowers.
The collection mutated back yard sketches a possible future scenario originated from an eco-disaster. In the fashion industry lots of chemicals and dyes are dumped by factories into rivers and forests. In this scenario it escalates and starts an insane evolution. This creates new mutations and is the start of the melting together of all sorts of DNAs. It generates a world, which seems like a wonderful fairytale at first, but eventually it will lead to dangerous situations. It offers an optimistic escape out of the current reality with political restlessness and environmental issues, but after a while the reality comes crashing in to break this beautiful illusion.
The idea of the garments is the merging of wearer and the elements of this toxic garden. This is translated by colorful flower prints growing out of the body on pleats and flounces as a mutation of the body. The wearer is slowly becoming one with this back yard. The DNA of the garden is also melting together with the bones and growing out of the garments as new details and headpieces. A toxic, but beautiful response to the pollution of the earth.
The collection is produced and developed with the planet in mind. The concept is based on current problems in the fashion industry to bring awareness in an optimistic way. The garments are unique pieces created with lots of love and passion in a time consuming process. The uniqueness makes the pieces collectable and this is used as a way to extend its life.
The materials of the collection are also chosen with care for the planet. This is why the prints of the collection are printed digital. In the process of digital printing no dye goes to waste and no water is used. These digital printed fabrics are combined with leftover fabrics, upcycling unused materials. A way of thinking that is used in the developing process as well by using stock fabrics for toiles. Next to thought to materials, fabric waste is limited by creating shapes out of straight pieces of fabric with pleats and minimizing this waste by making the patterns of the flounces fit the print.
Photography: Suzanne Waijers
MUAH: Anh Nguyaen
Model: Marieke Stenfert