'My Ex-Wife is Big Mary', fashion collection (diploma work)
Boxes of Poetry
During the preparations for the second round of the Swiss Federal Design Award 2010, eight sealed cardboard boxes suddenly turned up on the table. The jury unpacked them somewhat gingerly: feathers, chains, bands, fabrics, washed-out T-shirts and, tucked right down at the bottom, men's shoes. Eventually, they plucked up the courage to try them on and, suddenly, an almost magical dynamic began to develop. All around the table, the contents of the boxes were examined and held up to scrutiny. Everybody received an entire outfit from Céline Buehrer's men's collection 'My Ex-Wife is Big Mary'.
Buehrer's work started with some old items of clothing. She experimented with their form and function: a simple pullover with a third arm sewn onto the chest, a classic blazer buttoned up askew, a sneaker without laces or logos, pared down to the minimum. The outfits are then completed and complemented by unusual accessories: sumptuous feathers gracing a shoulder, or a golden bow adorning a man's neck. Each piece can be playfully mixed and matched with any other piece.
Céline Buehrer, whose designs have to be seen as a process, likes to take her inspiration from fantasy films featuring circus or carnival scenes. She is fascinated by the figures that inhabit this world: strange freaks and bizarre creatures, people who are somehow different, and whose true beauty lies in the very fact of their being different. In the collection 'My Ex-Wife is Big Mary', Céline Buehrer applies imaginative details and creative skill to breathe new and glamorous life into simple, often pre-worn, basics. Incidentally, 'Big Mary' was the name of a circus elephant that had to be put down in 1916 due to erratic behaviour.
designer de mode HES