Womenswear collection 'LILI' (diploma work)
The Art of Nonconformity
Why do older people dress so differently from the young? The Basel fashion designer Sara Vidas demonstrates that older people are generally bold enough to be different and to demonstrate a mind of their own. She suggests this may be due to having saved many beloved items of clothing in the course of their lives. For the women's collection 'Lili', her diploma project at the Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst in Basel (FHNW), she carefully studied how older people dress. She tried out her designs on both younger and older women and ended up creating 10 outfits that clearly subvert conventional expectations. Her models are both young and self-confident older women. The designs cleverly toy with a certain sense of propriety that contrasts with a somewhat disconcerting range of colours. An oversized loden coat, for instance, is green, blue and brown with chequered inserts. Young or old, it still takes courage to wear a coat like this. Another almost grotesquely oversized coat has conspicuous, L-shaped black-and-white patterns that are reminiscent of op art. The designs are not elegant in conventional terms, nor are they anti-design: Vidas's collection is somewhere in between. She makes especially striking use of materials like varnish foil, polyester, velvet, jersey, mohair, loden, rabbit fur, lambskin nappa and tweed. She cultivates dashing, immoderate patterns: tiger shoes and gloves compete with chequered stockings and a blouse with a chequered collar. Her designs oscillate between attraction and repulsion, and her imaginatively bold 'Lili' collection is peppered with surprising details.
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