Those who have followed the recent shows of ESMOD know that one can expect a lot from them – innovative fashion concepts, outstanding designs and a jury containing internationally renowned fashion experts. In addition several installations were prepared on the club’s venue accessible for all the guests in between the shows. One installation was a selection of five BEYOND SEEING pieces that were presented in a hut, fitted out with over 70 transparent inflatable mattresses. Therewith an identity was given to the hut in sense of walkability. Six spotlights were directed towards the mattresses whose texture broke the spectrum of the light. Guests had the opportunity to experience the idea behind multisensory fashion design directly, by smelling and touching the creations. Through the DBSV attending the event as well, visitors had the opportunity to learn from a close up perspective about the challenges of creating beyond seeing.
Verena Kuen, graduate and BEYOND SEEING – participant definitely contributed a special highlight to the show. During the research workshop in Berlin Verena stated “that fashion should be there for everybody, especially concerning the participation of disabled people”. She kept her word. By creating a travel collection especially for the blind and visually impaired (Travelling BEYOND SEEING) Verena comprehensively materialized the ideas and inspirations that were made during Day One of BEYOND SEEING. Shape, sound, and tactile experience were combined together to form a new approach towards fashion: Fashion beyond seeing. As if that were not enough new perspectives, Verena presented her collection with blind models.
It’s great to see that the roots of BEYOND SEEING flourish and lead towards innovative ideas. A sewing-workshop for blind and visual impaired people organized in cooperation with the DBSV as well as visually impaired designer Bianca von Stempel will surely create even more BEYOND SEEING fashion enthusiasts.