Printdesign for Orson + Bodil
Title Apparition (part of Fashion collection Centraal Museum Utrecht)
Client Alexander van Slobbe
Size W 30 x H 140 cm
Technique Screenprint on white organza silk
Photography courtesy Marijke Aerden, styling Roel Schagen. Previously published in Avant Garde.
Left is a piece from the Orson + Bodil collection, right a vintage Frank Govers dress.
Spring 2005, I was asked if I would be interested to do a collaboration with fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe (left). Well, of course I was!
Van Slobbe asked me to work on ideas for an evening dress for his Orson + Bodil 2006 collection, inspired by the traditional Chinese qípáo or cheongsam dress (right).
After kicking back and forth a few ideas, we settled on a mixture of natural towers, elegant watery shapes and Chinese mythology.
The drawings were handprinted in white and silver on delicate white organza silk by Zeebra Zeefdruk in Ede.
Detail of silver print at 100%
Photography courtesy Peter Stigter
Seeing the final result at the show, there were no qípáo dresses… While working with all ingredients, Van Slobbe had changed his mind, and decided to to a blouse and pettycoat-like skirt instead. Totally similar to my own process, but the first time somebody else is doing it with my work.
In the circle: copper military bages from various units spraypainted white. Just like the one below on my father Harry’s soldier’s beret (that I desperately wished to own as a child).
Photography Harry Liemburg
See also Qípáo Stationary Cards