January 27, 2014

N O V E L T Y / Jef Montes Ritualistic First Show 'Illuminosa'




Attending the Jef Montes show at Vodafone Firsts Fashion Lab was like attending a ritual from another planet.

The image of a burning communion candle appears behind the runway. The first girl comes out, holding two blue tubes in her hands like candles and steadily walks down the runway to a slow beat. Halfway she suddenly, yet slowly turns around the tubes and blue ink starts pouring out over her chest, staining the white gauze dress and leaving a blood like trail behind on the runway (see video!). The following models step through the ink, staining the bottom of their gowns and shoes and spreading the blue fluid.

Dripping wet hair and bleached brows. The blue fiberglass pieces are so shiny and smooth in the way they move that they seem liquid. The references to traditional catholicism and this high tech futuristic outcome. Hearing Jef explain all his hard work and thoughts behind it personally (little details like; embroideries are on the left side because that's where your heart is), and seeing the finished product of his ideas right next to him was incredibly moving.

The amount of techniques, the extensive fabric researching that has gone into this collection blew my mind. Fiberglass weavings, burnt silk to create a pattern, steaming and heating synthetics to make the fabric bulge and appear wet, tiny tiny beaded details, hand painted fiberglass panels, wool binded to fiberglass just to name a few things. No matter how many backstage pictures, ultra close ups or live videos you show, there is nothing like seeing these couture pieces in real life. Kudos to Jef.
/ thanks to Vodafone
/ backstage photos by Romeo


Maryse said...

Beautiful blog!


Unknown said...

great pictures! love it :)

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Rowan | R E D R E I D I N G H O O D said...

Mooie foto's, zeg! Heel gaaf die blauwe spetters op dat wit.




Michelle Loreto said...

Stunning photos for inspiration, thank you.

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MartinaAloha said...

Spectacular *.*

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she. said...

That hat is amazing.

Unknown said...

Must have been a beautiful show, the pictures look great!

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Jay said...

Wow that sounds and it looked (on the video) amazing. Very original idea.

ChamaFashion said...

I love the photos!

Lys said...

Klinkt echt enorm inspirerend, en de moeite waard om zo'n show bij te wonen. Wauw :)

Ruby And Siel said...

Wauw, dat klinkt indrukwekkend! Al ben ik op deze foto's nog het meest onder de indruk van de make-up.

Sarah Iracheni said...

Such gorgeous pictures! Love the hair styling and make-up, definitely.


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Unknown said...

was a great show!

Unknown said...

Wauw, I can't say any more than that I love it and wish I could be there!


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e said...

these photographs are amazing!

Aliénor said...

Really impressing !
Love the hair


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It reminds me of you.

Anonymous said...

nothing else about fashion that excites me more than something that is sparkly and minimalist at the same time. such an unlikely combination but good God those pieces makes it possible!


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