Taken from our new digital issue! Introducing Marina Kitsukawa: The French-Japanese Fashion Design Graduate of the University of the Arts in Berlin. Photographer Alîn Zerya captured model Arnord Ingendju in the amazing creations from the young designer. “The starting point of this work is the analysis of the craft technique Suminagashi (inc floating on water); a traditional Japanese technique practised as early as the 12th century. Later in the 17th century, the art of Suminagashi spread throughout Europe known as marbling.
The interesting thing about the marble technique is, when you drop different colours in the water, the colours always stand for themselves and never get mixed with each other. And this is the point, what makes this technique so beautiful and interesting. There are many different colours, existing side by side and in this way, they create one harmonious pattern together.
In this handicraft technique, I saw the symbol for what I wish for our society: The living together of many different individuals, each with its own wonderful and unique colour, which together form a harmonious assembly or a harmonious pattern. The message I want to create with my work is the call for more tolerance and acceptance of individuals in society with a mood of fun and freedom.
For the silhouette, I was inspired by the beauty of free-minded pride parade people. People who are demonstrating multisexuality and multiculturalism. They want to be accepted by society as individuals: as homosexuals or as a person of a different nationality.
After I analysed the garment of pride parade people, I chose the chap trousers and the tight top as a reference garment. The classic jacked, also often worn on the parade, stands historically for uniformity and conformity. By choosing a transparent and colourful material for this jacket, this piece challenges the meaning of this classical uniform in a playful and permissive way. Colour: I used some colours of the rainbow symbol from the pride parade. Therefore, pink stands for sexuality, yellow for the sunlight and blue for harmony,” says Marina Kitsukawa.