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19.07.2011  •  Film NEWS


Designer Esther Perbandt presents FORMAT - the S/S 2012 collection inspired by the 1920s Russian avant-garde



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This season, Esther Perbandt presented her runway collection in an eight-minute black & white film. Cristian Straub directed the sinister fashion film titled FORMAT.

Esther is still drawing inspiration form her time spent in Moscow in 1999 and lets aspects of that epoch’s design philosophy flow into her new collection. A very rigour handling of form, construction and visual elements on one side, the dissolving and detachment of and from shapes on the other and her most recent impulses – all infused with a reduced colour palette.

Black as usual, with lots of white and several shades of grey. The designer is very fond of creating fashion at the drawing board, especially for the key piece of her collection: a seemingly folded, traditional men’s shirt, the outlines of which are printed in colours that contrast with the colour of the material, yet, if unfolded, the garment transforms into a caftan dress.

In general, the collection borrows a lot from elements that are dominant in menswear: the shirt is subject to re-interpretation, a cut-off jacket becomes a skirt and the lapel collar leaves the collar area and becomes a decorative element of jackets, pullovers, tank tops and a tie replacement.

Director Christian Straub studied under Wim Wenders and his talents are deeply rooted in traditional cinema. He also creates work as a musician and artist. Cristian founded ‘Riese Farbaute’ in 2010, which, according to Esther, is “the first German film production company to focus on fashion.”