The collection ALL THE NOTHING THAT WILL REMAIN proposes a de-westernisation of mass-produced discarded garments and textiles, upcycling them into a hybrid aesthetic between Africa and the West. Few years ago, Kouto started collaborating with recycling center Texaid in Switzerland, collecting waste garments, textiles, and unusual materials to be transformed into high luxury items. Kouto became more critical about the creative process and the production system in fashion: “I want garments made of waste and upcycled materials to become a wearable statement of new values and meanings of a more sustainable production system in fashion.” ALL THE NOTHING THAT WILL REMAIN focuses on sustainable and environmental design systems in the creative process, mixing upcycling with couture technics and crafts on three different main layers: prints, embroidery, and weaving. “The starting point of my work is inspired by the quote of the artist Romuald Hazoume: “I send back the West that which belongs to them, that is to say, the refuse of a consumer society that invades us every day” from which I started my personal discovery of the African culture.” The quote is built on the idea of an endless exchange between the West and Africa, fueled by globalization and economy, in which the waste of a consumer society should be sent back to its place of origin.
THAT WILL NEVER FALL
UNSEASONAL 2 CAMPAIGN 2019
by Jean-Vincent Simonet
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