For her S/S 2014 collection, called "La Belle Époque", Dutch fashion designer Dorhout Mees was inspired by a 9th century poetry book she inherited from her great grandmother. A book that speaks of love, friendship and sincerity.
The volume narrates of a world with different values than our own, in which human relations, art and creativity are changing form. "These days real contacts are becoming such a rare commodity, difficult to obtain and enjoy". Mees goes on to explain that with this collection she tries to evoke the modus vivendi of the book.
The fashion designer tried to translate the pages of the book, the sweetness and softness of the concepts it expresses, into clothing to be worn.
She borrows right-angles from the pages and strikes a contrast with more rounded forms, framing the body, as if these pages enveloped it. Mees would have also liked to incorporate elements typical of that age, with antique mirrors or corsets, but she anyway manages to evoke them with fabric and her craftsmanship.
The mist intense work was on the textiles and the prints, applying extra fabric to squared-off shapes. A metaphor of the page on which Mees is attempting to write new, elegant adventures in couture, inspired by the feelings of a romantic world.
Photos via dorhout-mees.com