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Collection “Hybriding” by Arijana Gadžijev / Young Talents at Philips Fashion Week in Ljubljana / april 2012

The collection of clothing »Hybriding« is made of seven individual dresses, printed with hybrid floral patterns. While studying upon the concept, I was inspired by the world of hybrids, the living beings of “irregular” shapes and changed meanings, which both have their place in the biological, and sociological sense. Hybridity opens up new forms and new features, gives birth to new entities, with different “genetic material”, that may be more resilient and adaptable to specific situations and laws. The collection is made of sport fabrics, that are soft and gentle like silk, but have more functional specifications; they dry quick, do not wrinkle much and are easy to handle, but still have to be handled with care. The combining of sport materials with constructional details and textile processing (print), makes the collection a hybrid between “couture” and “casual” wear. In this respect the clothes are suitable for the workplace, as well as for the evening events. The collection is also designed as timeless, regardless the trends and seasons, and more as a reflection of natural surroundings and the impact that we have on it. Each garment is printed with the patterns of hybrid floral forms, that visualize the power of nature and its flexibility but also its tenderness and vulnerability. The color gradations that represent patterns’ backgrounds are in strong relation with the hybrid floral motives. I like to explore the impact and effect that pattern has on the garment, how it visually changes the form of it, and how it eventually changes the appearance of the body.
The use of the sublimatic (heat-transfer) print has also an eco note. Since I have used sport fabric, therefore synthetic (polyester), I wanted to balance the impact on the environment with the appropriate use of textile post processing. The only leftover of printing is the paper that is recyclable. I used the paper leftovers to make a packaging in form of the traditional Japanese Masu box that needs no glue or other binding. The printed Masu box has a gentle antique look, and when opening it, the vivid garment of digital patterns gives an interesting relation between old and new, between tradition and modernity.

Photo: Archive AML