Collection: Arts with benefits (men’s & women’s)
Tell us about your collection!
I did my whole education in the fashion academy in one go. Some people take a year off before the Master’s but I didn’t. Last year I was fed up with all the stitching and fashion part of the programme and I wanted to paint and draw more, so I decided to stop fashion and start in the painting department. But then the moment I had to do the entrance exam I felt that it was not the direction I needed to go at that point in my life, so I decided I’ll just do my Master and try to make it as fun and as interesting as possible for me. I’ll just try to make a collection where I can paint everything. All summer long it was cooking in my mind, and I came across two artists with the alter ego Flexboj & L.A who just graduated from Sint-Lucas Ghent. I really liked their work and thought it might be nice to collaborate with them rather than focusing on myself. So I visited them and wondered how we could work together. What are the similarities in our practice? How can we collaborate? It started coming together more and I decided my collection would be all about the crossover between art or painting and fashion.
What are some of the ways you’ve addressed that?
At every step I was looking for ways I could translate paintings into fashion. For example I love to design knitwear, so I bought yarns that are dyed by hand. Afterwards they were also knitted by hand in a technique that quite nicely simulates a painting. I also made a jacquard fabric together with EE Exclusive. They started from a picture of my own oil painting and translated it into a woven fabric. In the translation there are some things you can add – for example I asked to sometimes make loose weaves, sometimes tight, so it looks like a painting. For the paintings on canvas, sometimes I’d discuss the topic with Flexboj & L.A and they’d paint the design. Giving away a bit of my control was interesting.
Did you also give away control by letting them design a certain silhouette at any point?
The thing is that the two guys are interested in fashion, which I felt from the beginning, but as the months went by I realised that actually I was more the designer in this project. I work with a lot of colour and the idea is that all the painted pieces and the knitwear and jacquard are colours, and the digital prints are black and white. I think the world of Flexboj & L.A is super interesting, but I had to direct it to make it work in a fashionable context.