De fichier held it’s episode 3 reveal this fashion week season as a salon Privè presentation showcase allowing attendees to get up close and personal with the collection and really appreciate the fusing of technology with fashion design.
The family led fashion label produces beautiful womenswear in small quantities using only the most beautiful and often unexpected fabrics. The dual identity of uniform has been the main inspiration for episode 3, how on the one hand uniform can identify and classify social status and embody the leadership ruling class in order to suppress individuality, whilst on the other hand a uniform identifies group members and ensures the establishment of a unified social order highlighting an individual’s submission to social order and power. The duality is finite and contradictory at the same time, and de fichier has sought to represent this in this forthcoming collection.
The collection is as dramatic as it is delicate; with sharp elongated shoulders juxtaposed with soft draping, that duality is ever present. Highlights include a dress moulded from leather to produce a cast of the female form made in as few pieces as possible, viewed from afar it appears like linen or silk but up close, the harshness is visible for what it is.
Another piece features tiny 3d printed pieces which are taken from scores of video game code and stitched on to a jewelled bodice. Again when viewed from afar these appear like jewels, however up close, that blend of craftsmanship with technological programming is evident.
The salon privè format gives us the chance to appreciate the thought process behind a collection like this, where designers and seamstresses work alongside coders and programmers to produce a collection of future type clothing that has absolutely earned its place in the fashion industry