Inspiration No. 2
Re-designing classic wardrobe items according to my first memories of them
Memory No. 1
Left: Photo of my grandfather in a company ca. 1968.
Right: Grandfather Franc ca. 1975.
My grandfather’s style seemed to be very classic and growing up I remember admiring his elegant style. My most vivid memory of his attire is him in a black suit. In his time, a black suit was a norm for working men as well as a synonym for men’s elegance. My grandfather owned a couple of such suits, one for every day and one for Sunday. With it, he would, according to my grandmother, only wear white cotton shirts, a dark silk tie and carefully polished black leather shoes. His wardrobe was full of classics in their purest form. In his youth, he was an admirer of black and white Hollywood movies. Accordingly, he dressed in the fashion of the then famous movie stars and owned a pair of Levi’s 501 as well as a beige trench-coat.
Memory No. 2
My fitted jeans, ca. 1998.
In addition, a memory of my first encounter with clothing was revived, that was
always too big for my body since I was a very skinny child. I was often dressed
in oversized upper garments and regularly went to fit new trousers to the
village tailors. Together we created darts and tried to make them as invisible
as possible, however, we did not always succeed in making them unseen.
The memory of my first denim trousers that being too big for me and having
to be fitted at the tailors’ inspired oversized silhouettes and fitted garments
in my collections. The size of my oversized garments is that of my grandfather,
which is men’s 56. While his style also reflects in a certain kind of elegance
and mood of a collection.
Both the strong presence of my grandfather and a village tailor in my
childhood caused my early exposure to the craft of tailoring as well as my
fascination with it and consequently with classic wardrobe items. What I have
seen around me on Sundays or at the tailor’s atelier, was what I though
elegance and fashion is.