latest collection | Alice through the looking glass
about the collection
Alice is the ultimate muse. She is not afraid to look at her reflection in the mirror and to be herself. She fights battles for the ones she loves. That’s why the collection is inspired by the movie ‘Alice through the looking glass’ and is characterised by expressive prints, colors, fabric manipulation and recycling.
The combination of colors and remarkable textiles resulted in expressive outfits that could just as well have been worn by the eccentric characters from the movie.
Welcome to the first online edition of Diversity Fashion Week!
Due to the spread of COVD19 worldwide we have decided to hold a online fashion stream.
Together with nine other international and national designers we will showcase our work via our online platform. Because we are all affected by the current pandemic we find it important that designers and models can still come together but then in a virtual way.
The online fashion show is inspired by the movie Alice through the looking glass. The show is accessible for all to see, via YouTube, Facebook and or Instagram. You don't want to miss it!
Photo's by Marcel Schwab and Cornelis Blokbergen
Models by Diversity Model Agency
Stephastique show starting at 1:24:36
The collection is about looking in the mirror and being able to be proud of who you see, but is also meant to hold up a mirror to the viewer about the consumer society we live in. The upcycling of old garments and use of deadstock materials is a statement against fast fashion. I hope that the next time you are shopping for a new outfit and you see yourself in the mirror of the dressingroom, you ask yourself; can I be proud of what I see? Or could I do better by making more sustainable choices?
autumn '20 | Viva la cortina!
“Curtains are our prisoners; they feel free only when they escape out of the windows and fly in the air freely! With this collection I wanted to challenge myself (and others) to look at curtains in a new way. Almost every home has curtains. Which means that there are also a lot of curtains and curtain samples from stores being replaced every now and then and available to make new things out of, such as clothes. The initial inspiration came from the way of dressing in ancient Greece. The clothes were made by draping basic shaped garments on the body. In the collection I experimented with this idea.
I started out with second hand curtain samples I upcycled into my design. I wanted to make my designs zero waste so I based my patterns on geometric shapes and designed by using moulage, pleating and folding technique and experimenting with cutting in the fabric.
The material I used didn't have to be created for this collection because it already existed. The material came from previous curtain store collections. When the new collection came the old samples lost their purpose. By redesigning the samples into clothes they got a new purpose.
I have made an effort to make my designs timeless, so they won´t be affected by trends. The curtain fabric is very sturdy so it doesn't damage so easily which makes it last a long time.
This collection is circular because the materials are recycled in the first place by creating a new design out of it. During the production I only used mono-materials, so it would be easier to recycle into new fabric when the clothing is at the end of its life. The buttons and zippers can be used in the production of new garments.
spring '20 collection | Stop and smell the flowers
Stop and smell the flowers is the latest collection designed by Stephastique. The collection is a reminder to be fully present in the moment. With printed messages like 'memento mori', 'carpe diem', skulls, hourglasses and of course flowers, the collection is a reminder to slow down, to look for and enjoy the beauty of life, and to take a moment to simply be, and reconnect. But the collection is also a reminder to appreciate life and mother nature. With this collection we would like you to stop your business as usual and rethink your actions.
The fashion system is broken. Globally we produce up to 100 billion pieces of clothing a year, taking a terrible toll on the planet and people who make them. There is an abundance of clothing and textiles already in circulation which is why this collection was produced only using deadstock and leftover materials. But also through redesigning existing clothes. By creatively repairing, re-using, altering and upcycling we have minimised the use of new resources, creating a collection existing of unique, one of a kind items.
With this collection Stephastique would like to encourage you to quiet your mind, step back from distractions. To stop and smell the flowers, before it is too late.
fall '19 collection | Last night
The collection Last night is inspired by various scary movies such as American Psycho. I have always been interested in what's going on inside the head of a killer, especially psychopaths. I always felt sorry for them, it must be very difficult living a life lacking the ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships.
For the collection I recycled various materials such as bed sheets, horse blankets and second hand clothing. The whole process was all about experimenting and resulted in outfits that look as if they had been worn by quite an eccentric killer.
Shooting this collection was my first time working with a legit camera and the model is my boyfriend. He went through a really rough time at that moment in his life and dealt with depression and anxiety. I think the expression on his face and his 'poses' really added another dimension to the photo's and made them feel more vulnerable.
summer '18 collection | jolie laide
Jolie Laide wordt in het Frans gebruikt om iemand te omschrijven die mooi is van lelijkheid. Dit idee heb ik verwerkt in een capsule collectie. De stukken zijn een mix van Wabi Sabi en trends uit de jaren 80 en 90. Vaak wanneer iets in de mode is, is de maatschappij er vol van en doet iedereen er aan mee. Maar wanneer we terug kijken vragen we ons vaak af: hoe heb ik dit ooit mooi kunnen vinden? Dit heb ik altijd al een interessant fenomeen gevonden.
Wabi Sabi is een Japanse term en is eigenlijk het tegenovergestelde van een trend. Wabi Sabi staat voor de kracht van imperfectie en onvolmaaktheid. Denk aan a-symmetrische patronen, het minimalisme, soberheid en werken met verschillende structuren en vormen. Wabi Sabi zie je in de collectie terug in de vorm van a-symmetrische kledingstukken, de gerecyclede materialen en de geverfde (imperfecte) prints.
Sabi is zoiets als ‘schoonheid door het verstrijken van de tijd’. Je zou ook kunnen zeggen: wabi is hetgene wat tastbaar is, sabi is tijd. Samen staan ze voor een gevoel van vergankelijkheid, het terugzien van de tijd in
De trends van de jaren 80 en 90 hebben een ding gemeen met Wabi Sabi: ze zijn onder invloed van de tijd en ze wekken een gevoel op van melancholie. Door de melancholie zijn ze op een bepaalde manier mooi. In de collectie heb ik gespeeld met het idee van schoonheid en lelijkheid. In de kledingstukken, kleuren en prints zie je de oude trends terugkomen. Geïnspireerd op Wabi Sabi bestaat de collectie bijna geheel uit gerecyclede materialen. In de materialen kun je slijtage plekken ontdekken en oude kledingstukken hebben weer een functie gekregen door ze te verwerken tot iets nieuws.
photography Dimphy Verdiesen