Collection: Snake Charmer (women’s)
Tell us some more on the collection…
I decided to base my collection on a story i created around my own experience, called ‘The Snake Charmer’, a narrative based on something that happened to me last September but I made it mythological. You have the impression of a story but there are no names and places. It’s based on a woman who hears about a man who charms all the women and snakes in the world so they are left with no hope of escape. She decides to meet all the female victims to get their knowledge about how to become the most attractive woman in the world, and then she meets the snakes to become the most beautiful and charming snake in the world. Once the time comes to meet the snake charmer, he tries to seduce her, and he falls in love with her as a snake. Then she takes off her clothes and stands there naked, and he falls in love with her again as a woman. She puts his love in her pocket saying that success is not final, failure is not fatal, it’s the courage that counts – and leaves for her next adventure, which is the new collection itself.
How does the collection tell this tale?
When the woman meets the snakes, they weave around her legs, becoming the stockings on her legs, and they weave through the chequered material I’m using. And when the woman takes off her snake clothing and becomes a human again, that’s reflected in the naked parts of the collection where you can see through the body.
All the linings of the garments are with snakes as well, and most of the materials are super-shiny to translate this richness. In the past I worked a lot with oversized things, and draping, making deformed and asymmetrical things, but this collection is more symmetrical. I don’t want to impress too much with the cut of the garments but try to precisely translate the idea so that everything becomes clear.
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