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KRJST = Erika Schillebeeckx i Justine de Moriamé.
KRJST takes its character from the polyphonic identity of prismatic art. "Arriving at one from the multiple" is the red line from which the different pieces in the collection are formed. The fruit of a collaboration between Justine de Moriamé and Erika Schillebeeckx, two designers and former La Cambre students (2011) with notably different personalities, KRJST truly reflects a unifying duality. Each as well as numerous guest collaborators in the collection are invested not only in fashion but in other art forms, further enriching KRJST's platform.
An emblem of artistic synchronicity, #KRJST1# is born from the meeting,or perhaps confrontation, between two cultures. On one hand, #KRJST1# takes its inspiration from the silent nature of catholicism, exploring its iconography, its symbols and its figures. On the other hand, it draws on hippie culture and a desire for self-expression and sub-culture. Working in harmony with these two inspirations, #KRJST1# attitude and cut draws on the recurring image of the Rose window and the Virgin. The symbol of the cross with its vertical and horizontal axes evokes memories frozen in time. This reinvented sense of spirituality is then associated with the spirit of Woodstock and its organized chaos and creativity. These influences crystallize in the fragmentation of the collection's prints and tapestries. The microcosm of opposites is further played with in fine details. The tank top at once evocative and sober, provide contrast in their lightness under over-sized jackets. At the same time, the male-female antagonism becomes a catalyst in the collection's synergy. For example, its chosen colours reflect this classic binary's ambivalent but none the less joyous and serene energy. It is doubtless KRJST's prints, realized in collaboration with the illustrator Monsieur Pimpant, which constitute the strongest point of the collection. Considered to the smallest detail, these prints are allegorical expressions of #KRJST1#'s ethos, exploring themes of melancholy, alienation, and extravagance. It is from the eclectic association of all these elements, of art, colour, material, and emotions within a structure of intuitive osmosis, that #KRJST1#is born. Photos by Sebastien Delahaye. - www.notjustalabel.com/
INTERVIEW: KRJST, THE FRESH BELGIAN DESIGNER DUO, TALK TO FILEP MOTWARY
Dear iDEALS, today I am presenting a short conversation with KRJST, a collective of various creative visions, with as a perspective, the development of a specific project, profoundly associated with fashion. After a 5 years study at La Cambre Fashion (Brussels) and a through analysis of the context and medium in which they wanted to develop their creativity, KRJST was founded in April 2012.
Founders and inspires of the KRJST collective, Erika Schillebeeckx and Justine de Moriame's main force is an open vision on fashion, a consequence of our identical background. The focus lays in the fusion of diverse disciplines and the convergence of the heterogeneous approaches. To them it's significant that they work under a 'non specialized' form, versatility is indispensable and they have to invert this choice into a strength to astonish. Approaching things from different angles inspires and pushes them to specific collaborations with artists such as graphic designers, photographers, typographers, directors, designers ...
FilepMotwary: So girls, how did everything start for you?
KRJST: After five personal years at La Cambre Mode during which we experienced our own creativity's dynamics, we suddenly found ourselves in a soup bar in Brussels, discussing our experiences and the ways we see fashion design. KRJST begun with a long after a long conversation about art in general and on ways to find our own way to express our creativity…in the hope we could finally find our place in fashion design as well as in art. We at the end decided not to follow a conventional path and to work in open collaborations with several artists in a collective state of mind.
FM: Why you have chosen fashion as your profession in the first place.
KRJST: We saw fashion as a platform on which each form of art can find its way to expression as well a way to reflect human relationships as well as the society in which art is "growing up". Fashion is an analysis of all these characteristics. We imagine fashion as a canvas for free expression, like a blank page. Fashion is always in change, in movement. Fashion contains an obsessive way to see things. Obsession about memory and about the polyphony of life.
FM: How did you form the KRJST hero& heroine /the man & woman you dress
KRJST: Our heroes live in a rallying duality. There is an identical polyphony that forms our Man and Woman, the eternal duo male/female. We see sex as a synergistic religious dualism /categorization of what it actually is. Man can’t actually exist without woman and the opposite is also a fact.
Our muses for "KRJST I" are leading/major figures of sub-culture. People who are on the fringe of society, trying to make things change. Frida Khalo, Joan Baez, Alexander Ebert from the Magnetics Zero and Jim Morrison are strong inspirations. We also find interesting the confrontations between these emblematic figures and their chaos and the serenity of the christian culture. We translated this confrontation through the prints and the cut/posture of our (Wo)man.
FM: Do you feel fashion is changing?
KRJST: We actually think fashion is in change like it has always been. Fashion is directly linked to society and our society in constantly in change, right? We think fashion designers have to follow this fact and innovate constantly. We see fashion as a social expression who can translate ideas, values, current and contradictions. It is not something rational, it translate the collective unconscious/culture of a mass. Fashion is a full-fledged silent language and generally becomes from a neurotic formation with no limits. If fashion doesn’t move there won’t be any other changes in life. So, move your body!
FM: What is the most important thing a young designer must know?
KRJST: We can only tell you what we think we know: innovation/flexibility/plurality are our keys.
FM: How important was for you, the fact that you have worked for other designers before you launched your own collection?
KRJST: Our internships was for both a great experience. Especially for the people we have met through and through their own diversities. We experienced Alexander McQueen as well as Maison Martin Margiela, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Band of Outsiders. All of them showed us different ways to approach fashion so that we can set our own through.
FM: What shall we expect from you in the near future?
KRJST: It is actually to soon to reveal…but one thing is quiet sure, there will be fun!