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1st Year Design Excursion: not another Tripadvisor story

As part of the creation of a new fashion concept, Amfi’s 1st year students of Design were sent to the mesmerizing city of London. It was about observing and absorbing the different lifestyles, strolling down the city in the sake of research.

 

Photos: Floortje Mantel (1st year Fashion & Design). Interview: Ella Possek (2nd year International Fashion & Branding).

 

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I was lucky enough to get a glimpse into Floortje’s camera, which revealed a quite frenetic lifestyle. Although fashion is everywhere in this enormous city, jumping from place to place came to be as the least inspiring form of exploration. What did turn out to be exhilarating though, were the less glamorous areas of the city, when sitting in an underground oil tank turned to be much more inspiring than visiting yet another posh Chanel store.

 

“In London I sensed a constant battle between the past and the present. The industrial character of the Bankside Power Station’s brickwork harmonized perfectly with the high tech optical effects, designed and 3D printed by Jean-Pierre Yvaral, as seen at the Tate.”

“In London I sensed a constant battle between the past and the present. The industrial character of the Bankside Power Station’s brickwork harmonized perfectly with the high tech optical effects, designed and 3D printed by Jean-Pierre Yvaral, as seen at the Tate.”

 

“To me these images reflect London people in their sheerest — structured and open. People tend to be walking sensor platforms, yet the atmosphere is still highly open minded. For the residents of Neo Bankside though this openness got a bit too much, as tourists are continuously taking pictures of their flats, peeking and interrupting their privacy.”

“To me these images reflect London people in their sheerest — structured and open. People tend to be walking sensor platforms, yet the atmosphere is still highly open minded. For the residents of Neo Bankside though this openness got a bit too much, as tourists are continuously taking pictures of their flats, peeking and interrupting their privacy.”

 

“What really strikes me was how conservative England still is. In order for queen Elisabeth to easily pass by roads were shut - leading to us being late for our WGSN lecture! And still, even this inconvenient situation turned to be strikingly inspiring; I started noticing things that rebel against the centuries-old order of sumptuary luxe. Rei Kawakubo’s ‘Naked Kings’ collection at Dover street, for example, expressed perfectly the hassle caused by the queen. The transparency and pageantry in East London’s architecture as well showed how matters are deeper than the material they are made of.”

“What really strikes me was how conservative England still is. In order for queen Elisabeth to easily pass by roads were shut – leading to us being late for our WGSN lecture! And still, even this inconvenient situation turned to be strikingly inspiring; I started noticing things that rebel against the centuries-old order of sumptuary luxe. Rei Kawakubo’s ‘Naked Kings’ collection at Dover street, for example, expressed perfectly the hassle caused by the queen. The transparency and pageantry in East London’s architecture as well showed how matters are deeper than the material they are made of.”

 

“These tanks, based underneath the Bankside building, were reconstructed into an underground dream-like space. While maintaining their industrial rawness, Wolfgang Tillmans transformed these huge spaces into a trippy, interactive installation, wherein music and fragments come together to make a statement. Atmosphere was defined by techno tracks with highly vague and humorous lyrics, which were at the same time very politically critical. These lyrics sum up perfectly my London experiences: ´With this apple appliance, you can capture a live video, still motion pictures shot at high frequency; blurring the line between still and motion.’ You see, this is the thing… In fashion you’re allowed to have fun and still get your message across.”

“These tanks, based underneath the Bankside building, were reconstructed into an underground dream-like space. While maintaining their industrial rawness, Wolfgang Tillmans transformed these huge spaces into a trippy, interactive installation, wherein music and fragments come together to make a statement. Atmosphere was defined by techno tracks with highly vague and humorous lyrics, which were at the same time very politically critical. These lyrics sum up perfectly my London experiences: ´With this apple appliance, you can capture a live video, still motion pictures shot at high frequency; blurring the line between still and motion.’
You see, this is the thing… In fashion you’re allowed to have fun and still get your message across.”

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