A philosophy at the heart of traditional Japanese aesthetics, wabi-sabi, is a world view rooted in the acceptance of transience and imperfection. Centred around the notion that beauty is found in impermanence, in ageing, in things falling apart, in tarnishing, in warping, wabi-sabi asks people to see through a different lens, with fresh eyes and to seek newness in that which is old.
In a society driven by consumption and the need for constant innovation, Aje explores this idea of cherishing that which grows more beautiful with age for their Summer 20 collection, Impermanence.
Becoming fixated on the process of design itself, rather than the finished collection, designers Edwina Forest and Adrian Norris, have endeavoured to create pieces that begin as they will end - perfect in their deconstructed and contorted forms. A celebration of beautiful clothing, to be work, cherished and maintained for a lifetime of love and joy.
Find strong exaggerated silhouettes constructed, then partially deconstructed, bold colours and textural fabrications clashed and contrasted in singular shapes, hemlines left raw, draped, folded and pleated panels hand-stitched back into place with symbolic asymmetry. Closer detail sees handmade hardware in resin, metal and wood, moulded, oxidised, warped and set against recycled fabrications and hand painted prints.
The imperfect is welcomed as new, and beauty has been found in the accidental and unpredictable. Welcome to Impermanence where the ending is also the beginning.
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