A KALTBLUT exclusive editorial! ‘NYMPHS’ is an androgynous story communicating pure beauty despite any gender norms. The styles are based on a compositional journey through pleats that have been attached to deadstock Barbara I Gongini shirts, to give them the avant-garde feeling that they deserve. Photography by J. Illa Bonany. Styling and Design by Frederik Daugberg. Models are Konrad Worning Eilenberger and Magnus Villemoes signed at Tomorrow Is Another Day.
“Part of sustainable fashion, upcycling – or the second life movement – is the other facet of the recycling process, as opposed to downcycling. Downcycling means using textile waste and existing clothing as base materials to make new garments of lesser quality, while upcycling aims to make ones that are better than the original. The goal of this recycling process is to take “unwanted” clothes out of the waste cycle.
The process involves finding creative ways to reuse textiles, usually resulting in one-of-a-kind items. These new designs stir controversy in the fashion industry because they challenge perceptions as to what is trash and what is fashion. I created a series of three different pieces, a shirt, a shirt tunic, and a shirt dress, using waste fabric from previous production processes. The designs combined textiles from various lots and with different compositions to comply with the project brief, but he had to keep in mind the original garment and its characteristics. The shirts feature pleaded elements that have been carefully crafted, proportioned, and built into the style so that they inspire a playful perception, yet vague enough to invite the wearer to define it themselves.”
Photography by J. Illa Bonany/ Instagram: @illabonany