‘Just a little brave, just a little hidden’
In september 2009 Colloid was founded (fashion label I started with Brecht Duijf). The startingpoint of the collection with which we won the ‘Calvijn Classic Award’ was the burka. We disconnected the subject from its political and religious meaning and investigated the visual effect of covering and reveiling the female body. By the gown ‘Hair shelter’ the hair of the model is covered and visually replaced by the fabric. Now the gown functions as hair covering the body. But also it emphasizes the body by not covering it completely. The skin coloured bodysuit that is worn underneath suggests bareness, yet not to provoke because no private elements are shown. The gown ‘loose skin’ covers all the skin of the body except for the hair. This makes the body one abstract area. Again the body is hidden, but at the same time reveiled by the transparancy of the fabric.