We didn’t. We had. Why?
We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces. Why the face?
A dark cellar, three illuminated boxes sunk in the ground. Human beings dancing on a screen. Creatures, sterile, naked, sleeping in the boxes.
We didn’t. We had. Why? is the examination by five students of the University of Applied Sciences Trier. Finding themselves in a time between study and their expected future, which they face only having their final creations.
Agnes Boleslawski, Elisa Damm, Paula Knorr, Jennifer Koch and Raphaela Rose started their fashion design studies in spring 2009 at the University of Applied Sciences Trier, which they will now graduate with their BA Collections. Their responsible supervisor is Prof. Dirk Wolfes. They would like to acknowledge support for their installation for EDGED from Tobias Benz and Bastian Reuter.
Paula Knorr’s graduate collection “Skin” centres around the abstract representation of the naked human form. Details of individual body outlines and different surface qualities offer diverse sources of inspiration. Shapes, colours and textures, when taken out of their original context, present new and strange attractions. Despite all deforming abstraction even the dissected nudeness still provides a sensual and erotic character which is typified by this collection.
“Path to Decay” is the graduate collection of Jennifer Koch. Due to her German / Korean background Koch has always shown an interest in other cultures, with a particular interest in central Asian nomadic tribes. Her graduate collection transforms this culture and aesthetic, creating a post apocalyptic world where tribes recycle items preserved from their civilised past.
Elisa Damm’s graduate collection “Random Noise” is an experimental examination of the different and seemingly incompatible characteristics found in a cocoon. Protective but fragile, armored but weightless and transparent. Smooth and perfect, but spun following a chaotic principle. A tightly wrapped protective coat, the cocoon is at the mercy of its surrounding world. This exploration manifests itself in transparent down jackets with strict but unusual cuts, technical fabrics, and fragile hand knitted, knotted and woven surfaces that visually replicate the tension between self protection and vulnerability, order and chaos. “Random Noise” is an ongoing work and the graduate collection of Elisa Damm of FH Trier, supervised by Professor Dirk Wolfes.
Agnes Boleslawski’s collection “Heliocentric” reflects on the notion of the sun as the centre of the universe. Three different overall patterns that embody their sun in a done and dusted sphere, act as an intermediary between subjective perception and objective exercise. The ten outfits of Boleslawski’s collection are based on the geometric form of a hexagon, using clear lines and sharp exceptions. Every piece is repeated three times in order to create a perfect ratio to its pattern, resulting in completely different outcomes.“Heliocentric” is Agnes Boleslawski’s graduate collection from FH Trier, supervised by Professor Dirk Wolfes.
Raphaela Rose explores the cultural revolution of the 1920’s in her graduate collection “The Twenties”. Rose was particularly drawn to the literary montage technique that emerged at the time, transferring this principle to fashion and incorporating it into her work. Elements of painting, film, literature and culture of the 1920´s are brought together and function as sources of inspiration for fabrication, colour palette and cut. Bauhaus, Kurt Schwitters, the films of Fritz Lang, self confident women such as Amelia Earheart and Josephine Baker and men’s fashion of the twenties were such sources.