August 22, 2012
VISVIM FALL AND WINTER 2012
My interest in fashion is deeply rooted in the charm of its inherent freedom.
Freely creating things from my imagination, and sharing those things with many people. I was captivated by this charm.
While driving down a road in the American countryside, I gazed upon a teepee, so nomadic in nature, and was reminded of my adolescence.
Growing older, bound by obligations; since when did we lose sight of what it means to be free?
Had we forgotten our thoughts from a time closer to when we stepped into this world?
Last year at our exhibition in Paris, we raised a teepee as a symbol of our return to freedom.
I learned the craft of teepee-making from a scholar based in Montana, and even completed a section of the stitching myself. When we finally erected the teepee, it was the greatest feeling in the world, and felt like my childhood dream had become a reality.
When I was still on the outside looking in, before getting into fashion, or even before entering the working world, I would always think how great the joys of freedom were.
Our Fall/Winter 2012 collection is the incarnation of this freedom.
Teepees were shelters used by nomadic hunter-gatherer Native Americans. In order to make a 17-foot teepee, 17 buffalo hides are necessary. With the advent of trading posts, from the 19th century onwards canvas became the primary material for teepees.
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