Melting the memory of sitting at a table in our grandparents' livingroom while watching TV on a small screen



The possibilities of a design method based on remeberance

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In our subjective perception, the further back we try to recall our memories, the more out of focus and blurred they become. Voices we have heard become distortedly abstract. Faces, situations, moments and feelings. Everything merges together, is deformed and recombines. Colors are undistinguishable, rarely saturated, perhaps rather garish and overexposed. Forms and materials dissolve, people merge with chairs, tables and other utensils. Was the great-grandmother a table? Was her hair flowers? Did she have wheels? The images that we have in our heads of our childhood are often only in individual segments, sharp and clear. One could say perhaps that the concrete moments skip and flicker and are only detected with great effort.

Karin Wüthrich and Matthias Fürst translate these peculiar moments of memory into a fashion collection that includes 12 complete outfits.

In their Master's thesis the two designers explore the possibilities of a design process based on remembrance and the concomitant potential to challenge current design patterns, up to their complete dissolution. The expressed objective is to develop a fashion collection that remains intangible and ephemeral, in its actuality however, the garments present themselves in a self-evident and comprehensive fashion. The result is a collection of referenced elements that can be combined in different ways. All garments stem from a known encoding of fashion, underwent a process of deconstruction and have been reassembled in a new, unexpected formal language.

The collection is completed by portable, hybrid artifacts from hats, accessoirs, parts of garments, bags, transposed materials and fragments of furniture: an orchestrated reconstruction of a productive memory, sensed images of a specific moment in time and the impossibility of defining the whole in its spatial and temporal extent.


Prof. Priska Morger

, Studio Fashion Design

Katrin Kruse

, Studio Fashion Design