Dear Sir/Madam: HOPE SS19

‘Dear Sir/Madam: HOPE’ is characterised by Bas Kosters’ elements: expressive prints, fabric manipulation, recycling and masks. The collection links up with earlier storylines that run through Bas’s work and collections. The famous pink doll, Bas Kosters TV Head doll, also made his re-entry into the HOPE collection. A huge batch of worn work overalls forms the basis of many collection pieces. These have been merged with the results of the ‘Waste to want’- atelier where Bas Kosters worked during the ‘We Make The City’ Festival, three days prior to the show. The pieces were presented in an explosive and dynamic catwalk show with ditto models casting and intense soundtrack from Star Studded Studios.

‘My HOPE collection comes from a strong need to produce a graphical collection with a message, says Bas Kosters. ‘Starting with an interest in supermarket aesthetic I started working on HOPE.’

HOPE is the starting point for a series of works around fashion, textile and visual art in which the designer explores, illuminates and shapes the term ‘hope’. From a personal experience he has created a world in which HOPE is the guideline: The United States of HOPE.

A series of short films, made in collaboration with the artist Iztok Klančar, will appear in the collection, depicting the theme HOPE in different ways. These can be watched on Bas Kosters You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BasKosters

“Hope stands for cherishing of dreams, that they come out, see the light at the end of the tunnel, or want to see it. HOPE stands for a fresh start, the rebirth, the sunny side up, but also for ‘we should have known better.’ HOPE stands for a leader, who guides you or sells you a dream. HOPE stands for the ideals you strive for and want to fight for”, says Kosters.

During the show the result of a special collaboration between Bas Kosters Studio and ‘Makers Unite’ was also unveiled. Bas Kosters developed a robot-shaped bag for the organisation, which will be available later this year. The bags are made from collected lifejackets of refugees and are manufactured by status holders in a studio in Amsterdam.

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