Resilience means knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. It has to do with your emotional strength.

The collection captures a current and ever intensifying feeling: the need for resilience in everyday life.

As it has become highly important to be flexible and adapt to new challenges, the designers’ aim was to create garments that fortify their wearer, making them strong enough to deal with life.

The colors and pattern designs rhyme with the thermographic images familiar from heat scanners used at points of entry in times of an epidemic. The print is composed of distorted photographs, handmade drawings, writings, and digitalised parts of unique textiles celebrating the diversity of traditional pattern designs.

Carefully implemented material solutions are coupled with bright hues, while the edgy pattern design mirrors the blurring lines between ‘street’ and ‘casual’, ‘personal’ and ‘communal’, or ‘manual’ and ‘digital’.

The pieces therefore represent the fluidity of the ever-changing concept of modernity, also reflecting the current situation where established values are being relativized by a global health crisis.

The simultaneous sensation of an accentuated “anything goes” attitude in the sphere of fashion on the one hand, and the insecurity caused by the growing dominance of technology as well as the permeability of borders between reality and virtuality on the other, had a great impact on THEFOUR’s creators in the process of conception.

However, instead of distress and pessimism, the collection displays a playful and fresh approach, embracing technological determinism and extensive eclecticism with self-reflection and irony.the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

THEFOUR #BCEFWSS21 Digital Fashion Week catwalk show
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