The eight photographs demonstrating the collection were displayed at the Design Academy Eindhoven graduation show, which took place during Dutch Design Week last month. “When time evolves, so will our shape and posture. In my vision, I celebrate the rain, in which fashion becomes naked, transparent and layered with thin diluted colours.”
She watched the behaviour of people in adverse weather conditions to gauge how our species might change if we lived in a perpetual downpour. “Some of them are reworked to make gradients from translucent to dusty.”
The lightweight pieces are cut from patterns, then assembled and kept in shape using nylon threads. “How they move, react and function. The garments and accessories that Van Galen created for these fictitious characters to wear are formed from silicone, used in a variety of stiffnesses and opacities. Another clothing item engulfs the whole body, with a transparent bubble surrounding the head from which a foggy cylindrical coat without armholes descends down to the ankles. Related story: The Living Points Structure jewellery covers limbs in porcupine-like spines”Imagine we would live in a world with endless rainfall,” said the Dutch designer. Domed or curved pieces sit over the head and shoulders to deflect water away from the body, and platform sandals raise the feet above puddles. I spent hours just looking at people in the rain.”
Her Warriors of Downpour City, as the project is titled, have evolved a different posture and a restricted movement range from huddling in the cold, wet environment. A crinkled see-through covering for the torso is designed with enough space for arms folded across the chest.