FASH 2016 Change
Flora Sophie Taubner
European Fashion Award – FASH 2016
|Team||Flora Sophie Taubner
|Beauty & Duty||
The “Beauty & Duty” womenswear collection focuses on the aesthetics of imperfection. It demonstrates how fashion can increase in value as it develops a patina. This offers a whole new approach to sustainable fashion. The aim of the collection is to help consumers achieve a deeper awareness of their clothing. The inspiration for the collection came from the post-war period. At the same time, Christian Dior was showcasing his “New Look” in Paris in 1947. The “Beauty & Duty” collection showcased draped fabrics and cinched waistlines that bring the rebirth of Haute Couture to mind.
|Jury statement||Although it may look rather subdued on the hanger, this collection by Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich makes a striking impression on the model.
Everything is just right: the theme, the concept, the clothing, the execution and their cooperation. Their work ticks all the right boxes and is the undisputed winner of 1st prize in the Student category.
The theme, fashion that retains its allure even as it ages, is relevant and original: quite literally. These are two rare qualities in fashion today. These clothes act as a canvas for life, the patina increasing with every wear and adapting to the shape of the wearer. It’s a slice of personal history that you can wear on your own body, and a completely new approach to the decades-old discussion on sustainable fashion. Once more, valuable resources such as materials and labor are appreciated fully, prompting a greater awareness of existing clothing.
The collection is full of tension. The tensions between minimalism and opulence. Modesty and elegance. Purity and labor. Simple materials and luxurious couture. It’s visionary and contemporary. The clothing’s natural beauty, distinctive silhouettes, perfect fit and exceptional handiwork, with not a single stitch out of place, are compelling. Lars Dittrich’s training in Clothing Technology and Flora Sophie Taubner’s in Bespoke Tailoring (for which she was awarded Best in the Year) is evident in the duo’s brilliant designs. The materials are intelligently chosen and reduced to the bare essentials to draw attention to the true value of the creation process. The concept is well-researched, intelligently argued and perfectly documented. It is an inspiring and motivating work.
Flora Sophie Taubner and Lars Dittrich are able to work as a team and independently at the very highest level. They listen, seize ideas and make them a reality on their own and with great attention to detail. They are quick learners and go that famous extra mile whilst maintaining their calm, objectivity and precision. It is a great pleasure to work with them. Their every choice is perfect. Their winning work is a statement featuring all that is needed in fashion: beauty, poetry and future. Simply sublime!
Judging panel member: Antonio Cristaudo, Global Marketing Development Manager, Pitti Uomo, Florence
|Education||7 th Semester / Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle
Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle
Dunja Marija Kopi, Prof. Thomas Greis, Prof. Joachim Schielicke
|Prize||Photo shoot with Franco P. Tettamanti, catalogue, exhibition, media relations,
Mentoring program, Mentor: Joel S. Horwitz
2.500 Euro prize money