Krystian Sokolowski Fashion Design Uniformity
Photo courtesy of Vincent Ludwig
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One of the images that always impressed me was the photograph of soldiers during parade. I think they truly represent the concept of uniformity with their aligned silhouettes merging into almost one body. To me they are the synonym of unity. And the aura that they project is almost supernatural; the perfect rhythm within this kind of formation hardly resembles the organic nature and spontaneity of the human movement. Such pictures represent the power of the group in which, paradoxically, the importance of an individual is just as essential and irrelevant in the scale of the whole group dynamic. I always wanted to make a collection inspired by the military, since this is such a classic topic in fashion. However I didn’t feel that using patterns of the army garments was the right approach, they are a done form and I haven’t experienced the need to add anything to that. At least not until I have found a legitimate purpose. Instead I have aimed to translate my observation of the absolute uniformity of the soldiers during parade and see if this can be introduced in a more abstract way. Without holding back I tried to discover a visual language that could manifest the concept of such a system, reloaded in the form of a garment. My first thought was to pleat the textiles, I used this classic method because it is based on consistency, the very specificity of the uniformity I observed in soldiers on parade, in that every single individual knows the role he has to play and by that the place he must be in order to fulfil his part of the job. So it only seemed logical to use this technique. In the military there is no wiggle room, the pleats had to be fixed with a seam, only then the image can be clear. What I discovered was the graphic the pleated textile creates after it has been sown over in different directions. Once I had the textile the true journey began. The aim was to observe, how such structures behave on the human body? I created abstract formations from the pleats, applied them on the human silhouette, and observed what forms it suggested. At this point the process turned into a search of the perfect composition between an exciting shape and the rhythmic representation of the pleated formation.
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One of the images that always impressed me was the photograph of soldiers during parade. I think they truly represent the concept of uniformity with their aligned silhouettes merging into almost one body. To me they are the synonym of unity. And the aura that they project is almost supernatural; the perfect rhythm within this kind of formation hardly resembles the organic nature and spontaneity of the human movement. Such pictures represent the power of the group in which, paradoxically, the importance of an individual is just as essential and irrelevant in the scale of the whole group dynamic. I always wanted to make a collection inspired by the military, since this is such a classic topic in fashion. However I didn’t feel that using patterns of the army garments was the right approach, they are a done form and I haven’t experienced the need to add anything to that. At least not until I have found a legitimate purpose. Instead I have aimed to translate my observation of the absolute uniformity of the soldiers during parade and see if this can be introduced in a more abstract way. Without holding back I tried to discover a visual language that could manifest the concept of such a system, reloaded in the form of a garment. My first thought was to pleat the textiles, I used this classic method because it is based on consistency, the very specificity of the uniformity I observed in soldiers on parade, in that every single individual knows the role he has to play and by that the place he must be in order to fulfil his part of the job. So it only seemed logical to use this technique. In the military there is no wiggle room, the pleats had to be fixed with a seam, only then the image can be clear. What I discovered was the graphic the pleated textile creates after it has been sown over in different directions. Once I had the textile the true journey began. The aim was to observe, how such structures behave on the human body? I created abstract formations from the pleats, applied them on the human silhouette, and observed what forms it suggested. At this point the process turned into a search of the perfect composition between an exciting shape and the rhythmic representation of the pleated formation.
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Photo courtesy of Vincent Ludwig. Programmed by Vincent Ludwig.