A.F. Vandevorst Womenswear A/W11

Dutch artists Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters inspired this newspaper-stuffed collection

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Newspaper print in clothing comes heaped with many associations namely John Galliano’s use of it. An Vandevorst and Filip Arickx however took their newspaper print cue from an unexpected source. Dutch artists Maarten Kolk and Guus Kusters’ piece made of brown felt moulded into a body of a bird stuffed with newspaper was the starting point for the collection which likewise used felt and newspaper as a print to be made up into familiar A.F. Vandevorst silhouettes. Wrapped up jackets with high neck collars along with fur stoles and tightly buttoned shirts added a stern severity with vague nods to 18th century court jackets as the backs revealed flared out bustles. The newspaper print cropped up as a shirt, peeking out as a trim on jackets and real newspaper was also worked in as padding in skirts. Satin dresses came long and trailing and swathed in furs and knitted ropes to put a dramatic spin on evening wear.

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