Dear iDEALS, today I am presenting a short conversation with KRJST, a collective of various creative visions, with as a perspective, the development of a specific project, profoundly associated with fashion. After a 5 years study at La Cambre Fashion (Brussels) and a through analysis of the context and medium in which they wanted to develop their creativity, KRJST was founded in April 2012.
Founders and inspires of the KRJST collective, Erika Schillebeeckx and Justine de Moriame's main force is an open vision on fashion, a consequence of our identical background. The focus lays in the fusion of diverse disciplines and the convergence of the heterogeneous approaches. To them it's significant that they work under a 'non specialized' form, versatility is indispensable and they have to invert this choice into a strength to astonish. Approaching things from different angles inspires and pushes them to specific collaborations with artists such as graphic designers, photographers, typographers, directors, designers ...
FilepMotwary: So girls, how did everything start for you?
KRJST: After five personal years at La Cambre Mode during which we experienced our own creativity's dynamics, we suddenly found ourselves in a soup bar in Brussels, discussing our experiences and the ways we see fashion design. KRJST begun with a long after a long conversation about art in general and on ways to find our own way to express our creativity…in the hope we could finally find our place in fashion design as well as in art. We at the end decided not to follow a conventional path and to work in open collaborations with several artists in a collective state of mind.
KRJST: We saw fashion as a platform on which each form of art can find its way to expression as well a way to reflect human relationships as well as the society in which art is "growing up". Fashion is an analysis of all these characteristics. We imagine fashion as a canvas for free expression, like a blank page. Fashion is always in change, in movement. Fashion contains an obsessive way to see things. Obsession about memory and about the polyphony of life.
KRJST: Our heroes live in a rallying duality. There is an identical polyphony that forms our Man and Woman, the eternal duo male/female. We see sex as a synergistic religious dualism /categorization of what it actually is. Man can’t actually exist without woman and the opposite is also a fact.
Our muses for "KRJST I" are leading/major figures of sub-culture. People who are on the fringe of society, trying to make things change. Frida Khalo, Joan Baez, Alexander Ebert from the Magnetics Zero and Jim Morrison are strong inspirations. We also find interesting the confrontations between these emblematic figures and their chaos and the serenity of the christian culture. We translated this confrontation through the prints and the cut/posture of our (Wo)man.
KRJST: We actually think fashion is in change like it has always been. Fashion is directly linked to society and our society in constantly in change, right? We think fashion designers have to follow this fact and innovate constantly. We see fashion as a social expression who can translate ideas, values, current and contradictions. It is not something rational, it translate the collective unconscious/culture of a mass. Fashion is a full-fledged silent language and generally becomes from a neurotic formation with no limits. If fashion doesn’t move there won’t be any other changes in life. So, move your body!
KRJST: We can only tell you what we think we know: innovation/flexibility/plurality are our keys.
KRJST: Our internships was for both a great experience. Especially for the people we have met through and through their own diversities. We experienced Alexander McQueen as well as Maison Martin Margiela, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac and Band of Outsiders. All of them showed us different ways to approach fashion so that we can set our own through.
FM: What shall we expect from you in the near future?
KRJST: It is actually to soon to reveal…but one thing is quiet sure, there will be fun!
KRJST: The SS13 collection KRJST1 is, for now, avalaible only our website and upon order via our email : bonjour(@)krsjt.com . We have several “pour parler” with shops in Brussels but, again it’s to soon to reveal, we are just born.
CREDITS Photographers: Julie Calbert & Sebastien Delahaye. Models : SAM & Isabel P @ Dominique Models Drawings : KRJST by Mr.PIMPANT