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Jolie laide

Sabi is like “beauty through the passage of time.” You could also say: wabi is what is tangible, sabi is time. Together they represent a feeling of transience, looking back into time simple things.

The trends of the 80s and 90s have one thing in common with Wabi Sabi: they are influenced by time and they evoke a feeling of melancholy. The melancholy makes them beautiful in a way. In the collection I have played with the idea of ​​beauty and ugliness. In the garments, colors and prints you see the old trends coming back. Inspired by Wabi Sabi, the collection consists almost entirely of recycled materials. In the materials you can discover places of wear and tear and old garments have regained a function by processing them into something new.

Jolie Laide is used in French to describe someone who is beautiful with ugliness. I have incorporated this idea into a capsule collection. The pieces are a mix of Wabi Sabi and trends from the 80s and 90s. Often when something is fashionable, society is full of it and everyone participates. But when we look back, we often wonder: how could I ever like this? I have always found this an interesting phenomenon.

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese term and is actually the opposite of a trend. Wabi Sabi represents the power of imperfection and imperfection. Think of asymmetrical patterns, minimalism, sobriety and working with different structures and shapes. Wabi Sabi can be seen in the collection in the form of asymmetrical garments, the recycled materials and the painted (imperfect) prints.

photography by Dimphy Verdiesen