“La Belle Époque” SS’14 collection by Dorhout Mees


My inspiration for this collection is a poetry album, from the 1800’s, which I inherited from my great-grandmother recently. 

(…) all these people talking to each other about real friendships, love, life and death, are not here anymore. (…) I wanted to bring it to life again and honour all these beautiful things entrusted to the pages of this little precious book.

I translated the individual elements of which this album is made out of, to pages to wear. Combined with the sweetness and softness of what is on them. Which translated into rounded pleads contrasting with the straight rigid forms of the pages themselves. I wanted to seal the body in them, it is like an embrace from these pages. I also wanted to use elements from this time/period like old mirrors, silver threats, corset patterns, but really frame them in this area.

The prints are inspired on the poetry and drawings of life, flowers and friendship. Partial prints combine the time reference as they sort of disappear in the pen strikes. And the crinkled old paper, can be found like a delicate lace pattern, hidden in the pages…


To read the full inspiration description and to see all photos and details go HERE.

To watch the catwalk video at the Amsterdam Fashion Week go HERE.

To read the interview we did with Esther Dorhout Mees go to the previous POST.

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