Bas Kosters AW 2017 ‘My Paper Crown’
Bas Kosters celebrates art, creativity and showing attention to each other
Bas Kosters AW 2017 ‘My Paper Crown’
On Thursday the 13th of July Bas Kosters presented his latest collection ‘My Paper Crown’ with a ground-breaking show during the 27th edition of Amsterdam fashion week. The show took place in the Gashouder on the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam. The collection reflects on the importance of showing attention and consists mainly of upcycled cotton flags.
Out of a fascination for used materials Bas Kosters collected hundreds of second-hand cotton flags. These were lovingly treated and made into outfits by an intensive making process. Bas: nowadays, we often overlook the true value of things and other people, and approach each other from our own preconceptions. This leads to the human factor, the unicity if the individual, being overlooked. Which is exactly what we should remain attentive to.
‘My Paper Crown’
The inspiration for this expressive collection comes from different eras and continents, combining rococo and traditional African costumes with workman’s clothes. The title of the collection, My Paper crown, also reflects on the importance of showing attention. After all, a paper crown is just as important as any other crown.
The show told the story of a village celebrating ‘Carrot day’. A group of workers made preparations for the parade in which the eccentrics from the village presented themselves to the world. This parade formed the actual fashion show. Designer bas Kosters sat on a mound of potatoes at the base of the catwalk, pealing them whilst overlooking this ‘Carrot day’. The multidisciplinary presentation was a collaboration with actors of theatre group ‘Dood paard’, singer Marielle Dijkhuizen, video artist Alex Kaseta and catwalk music by Starstudded studios.
An artist is often a free spirit, and could be called an eccentric. Sometimes creativity and artists suffer of a bad image, with creativity being portrayed as a luxury, something merely frivolous. In Bas’ opinion however, art, craftsmanship and creativity are vital to our society, bringing depth, perspective and hope.
With this collection, Bas wants to emphasise the importance of inclusivity, and how important it is to approach each other with an open mind. Everybody deserves an honest chance in life.
This year Bas was a part of cultural exchange project organised by the Textielfactorij. A trip to India lead to seven new print designs executed by local craftsmen. The result of this project was shown trough several pieces of this collection.
Bas Kosters/WNF I Protect Tigers
Bas Kosters also designed a unique tiger t-shirt, in a limited edition of 3900 pieces. Profits from the shirt will be used to double the population of 3900 tigers currently living in the wild. The first two shirts of the series were presented in the show with WNF-ambassador Tygo Gernandt as a model. The t-shirt is now available on www.wnf.nl/iprotecttigers.
Bas Kosters/ Nederlandse Aardappel Organisatie
The collection often uses images from nature, with potato and carrot playing a lead role in the presentation. The potato, to Bas, also stands for something that we might overlook, something simple and solid. The mound of potatoes was realised with the help of Nedato, the Dutch branch organization of potato growers.
Bas Kosters/Ilse Jacobsen
Bas Kosters’ style is always high fashion but also laid back, that is the exact reason why Bas was attracted to the boots of Ilse Jacobsen. The boots bring the collection to life even more.
Direct sales and XBANK
After the show a mini capsule collection with accessories and selected items from the show was sold in a popup shop at Fashion week. In case you missed the show, in the next few weeks the items will be sold in a special Fashion week project with local retailer XBank, Spuistraat 172, Amsterdam, or online at our webshop www.baskosters.com/webshop/