Christoph Ritter Studio – ‘AL(LY)IEN’

‘AL(LY)IEN’ is the latest collection of Austrian native and London-based eco-futurist fashion designer CHRISTOPH RITTER STUDIO, which was showcased during the Autumn/Winter 2021 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. // @christophritterstudio

Directors: Jack Jones @jackbythegram
Jamie Bauermeister @jamiebmeister
Photography: Emalea @thisisemalea
Production Manager: Sam Kelly @glamour_factory
Production Assistant: Rachel Lin: @iam_rachelin
Director of Photography: Any Alderslade @andyalderslade
Editing: HelenaTeixeira @helenalindo
Lighting: Rupert Earl @visuals_ru
Set Design: Niall McKeever @niallmckeeverdesign
Props: Mai Sanchez @maisanchezart
Julian Emsley @julianemsley
Melissa O’Connor @light_nomad
Hair: Mika Dziuba @mikatblack
Makeup: Daniella Rose @drosemakeuplondon
Styling: Samuel Shearer @mrsamuelshearer
Nails: Rica Romain @ricaromain
Models: Radam Ridwan @radamridwan
SIUHEI @siuhei_dd
Monika Rohanova @msinartist
Fatima Najm @genius.loci_
Aba Amoah @aba_abroad

Conceived, developed, and produced during the pandemic with the limitations of several lockdowns, the collection is presented as a fashion film, which is set in an ambiguously utopian/dystopian future. In a world where pollution has led clothing factories to shut down, four beautiful ‘AL(LY)IENS’ are getting ready for the night by creating fashion out of toxic slime in their living room labs – a futuristic interpretation of sustainable creation.

The fashion film has been produced with Yellow Belt Productions and features numerous Trans- and POC activist models: SIUHEI, Fatima Najm, Monika Rohanova, Radam Ridwan and Aba Amoah.

‘AL(LY)IEN’ is a collection of future artifacts that deal with the Eurocentric alienation and appropriation of non-western beauty ideals. Developed during the pandemic, a major focus lies on overcoming borders and separations by building an inclusive digital community that pushes the limits of luxury and glamour. The shapes are hyper-feminine, subversive, and offer a futuristic point of view on womenswear. Applying traditional handicrafts used in Austria, such as embroidery and beading, and juxtaposing it with digital textile design has created alienesque semi-couture pieces reminiscent of an early Thierry Mugler.

In accordance with the designer’s ethos, all the pieces were fashioned from dead-stock, recycled materials, as well as Tencel – a fabric that is regenerated from wood pulp and cotton waste. The jersey pieces are made from Regenesis Polyester, derived from recycled plastic bottles and Econyl – a type of Nylon that is entirely made from recycled fishing nets, which were discarded into the ocean.

By collaborating with artists, designers, scientific researchers, and activists across the globe, the pieces have been designed to be inclusive, fitting various body shapes, CIS, and transgender bodies alike with the mission to overcome the alienation of any kind.

CHRISTOPH RITTER STUDIO is a London-based fashion design label with the mission to push glamorous clubwear into the age of sustainable, ethical, and transparent creation. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, Polimoda in Florence, and Central Saint Martins in London, Ritter’s design approach is about border-crossing collaborations that connect creatives from all over the world in order to challenge the status quo. Using exclusively discarded, recycled and sustainably engineered materials, their collections offer a unique and innovative glimpse into a subversive future of glamorous dressmaking.

Director Jack Jones
Co-Director Jamie Bauermeister
Producer Ludwig Meslet @yellowbeltproductions
Production Manager Sam Kelly @glamour_factory
1st AD Ludwig Meslet
Assistant Producer
Production coordinator Rachel Lin @iam_rachelin
Client Christoph Ritter
Camera & Lighting
Director of Photography Andy Alderslade @andyalderslade
Key Focus Puller (1st AC) Christopher J Orr
2nd AC Christopher Chanudum
Gaffer Luca Piercey
Spark Rupert Earl  @visuals_ru
Art, Wardrobe, Make up
Production Designer Niall Mckeever @niallmckeeverdesign
Prop Maker Mai Sanchez @maisanchezart
Prop Maker Julian Emsley @julianemsley
Art department Assistant George Dixon
Art Department Assistant Matthew Camfield
Art Department Assistant Melissa O’conor @light_nomad
Hair Stylist Mika Dziuba @mikatblack
Hair assistant Karolina Demenciute
Make up (MUA) Daniella Rose
Onset Dresser Samuel Shearer
Nail Artist Rica Romain @helenalindo
Onset SFX supervisor Charlie Wheatley
Editing Department and BTS
Assembly Edit Jack Jones
Post-Production Supervisor Jamie Bauermeister
Editor Helena Teixeira
VFX Freddie Pearce
Colourist Haridas Stewart
Stills Photographer Emalea @thisisemalea
Music Producer Virginia Helmreich
Sound Designer Tom Pugh
Voice Artist Mai Sanchez
Concept & Casting Christoph Ritter
CAST Radam Ridwan @radamridwan
CAST Aba Amoah @aba_abroad
CAST SiuHei @siuhei_dd
CAST Monika Rohanova @msinartist
CAST Fatima Najm @genius.loci_
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