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.

ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
ModeSuisse 13 by Alexander Palacios
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Mode Suisse Edition 13. Pictures by Alexander Palacios
Photographer: Diago Mariotta Mendez
Still life: Simone Cavadini
Models: Ade, Mozher, Jairus and Servano
Retoucher: Flavio Starita
Hair&Makeup: Meltem Sahin @Angelique Hoorn Management

COUTURE COLLECTION SUSPENDED
BODIES THAT WILL NEVER FALL

Local

You love me
You waste me
You taste me
Me is not all of
me
Me
Me
me
Mimicry

Stranger

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You disappear.
Expecting you in my center,
you vanish.
I’m walking straight
Walking towards you
Stumble,
faltering
I stop.
And fall, I fall,
fall


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Being your appearance, hence I disappear.
Just yourself
Hiding in simplicity
You
In all directions
Zooming in
Zooming out
Within a blind focus

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JEWELLERY

BAGS
in collaboration with QWSTION

And if it should fall,
my hope falls with it.

And if it should fall.
I will fall with it.

And if I should fall,
we will fall together.

© 2018 Rafael Kouto. All Rights Reserved.