Let's Suit Up
Text / Celia Marie Freiling, Images / Julie Schimel
In order to fill Garment’s pages with beautiful suits for you to look at, we had to make sure our models were dressed in the right clothes. And since we’re a fashion school with many talented students, we thought: why not feature one of our very own designers?
Meet Maud, read about her opinion on suits and discover the story behind the design we used in the magazine.
When was the first time you wore a suit?
I don’t own an actual suit yet, I’m still in search for the perfect one. However, I do like to dress monochrome, mostly in black. This could also be seen as a type of suit, or suiting up. It makes me feel powerful and I feel like that’s the strength a suit gives you.
If you were a suit, what kind of suit would you be?
A double breasted black jacket made of thick satin, combined with a wide legged trousers. Tough, but still feminine.
What’s your opinion on the rising popularity of the suit?
A suit has to fit you perfectly; body-wise and personality-wise. I see this classic garment as a statement against fast fashion. If you buy a suit, you’ll wear it forever. Society is getting more educated and concerned about the conditions and circumstances their garments are made in, and I think the popularity of the suit has risen because of that. People are more interested in buying classic items that are timeless. They can attach to it on an emotional level, instead of buying dozens of items that they’ll throw away after wearing them a few times.
Can you tell us something about the design that’s featured in the magazine
The design you featured in Garment is from a collection I made in 2017 during an Honours Programme at AMFI. I was inspired by the self-taught artists of the Art Brut movement. This art is created by mentally ill people. Their background leads to artworks that have nothing to do with the “mainstream art” we know nowadays. It’s pure and intense. Most of the Art Brut artists remained anonymous, and their stories unknown. The founder, Jean Dubuffet, was known for his graphic paintings and sculptures. The combination of the uncontrolled ways of the Art Brut and the controlled one of Jean Dubuffet became the base of my collection.
The collection is about showing yourself, without caring about what others might think. This thought resulted in big, bold shapes combined with colorful prints that make you look twice to see what they say.
What does [mis]suiting mean to you?
Now that I think about it, my whole honours collection was actually about [mis]suiting. To me, it’s all about contradictions, and showing yourself without thinking about other people’s thoughts and judgements. Be your true self and you’ll never [mis]suit.
Wanna know what Maud’s design looks like and in what shoot we featured it? Go, get the magazine and find out yourself!