Just got back to Antwerp from a quick trip to Paris where I stopped by the exhibition from Association Azzedine Alaïa in his former Le Marais house and studio. Although small, it's a truly beautiful exhibition honouring his great craftmanship, it's really something extra to get up close with the exhibited gowns. Definitely worth the visit if in Paris!
In the third year at the academy we have two major projects to complete - the collection, and the creation of a replica of a folk-, ritual- or carnival costume. This is my finished result of the latter - a reproduction of a Spanish carnival costume that is traditionally used for celebrating the arrival of Spring. Althogh I'm an assured vegan, I had a lot of fun creating this costume completely made out of feathers. I could enjoy working with it knowing that the feathers were originally sourced as a bi-product of the meat industry and given without extra cost to the Italian feather atelier that was sponsoring me, as well as using their second rate feathers and left over pieces collected from the atelier's floor which would otherwise have been thrown away. I doubt I'll be given an opportunity like that to try the handicraft out again, and I'm happy to have tried it out.
Here's the photo shoot of the costume, with photos by Nathan Ishar and modelled by Tyas Flumens.
This is what has been keeping me busy the last month, but at last the garments of the first look of my coming 3BA collection is finished! After this month my hands are in agony, so I'm glad there's a small break of work atm. Now it's just 7 more looks to go…