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BEA SZENFELD CREATES PAPER COUTURE


Photo: David Thunander

Describe your Fashion Week installation?

“It consists of three paper couture creations. I have cut and assembled the pieces by hand in my atelier. I enjoy working with simple, small, repetitive shapes that form a larger structure. It’s exciting to discover new silhouettes and challenge the observer’s view, by creating things that stand on the boundary between fashion and art.”

Are you excited about exhibiting your work in the Grand Hôtel lobby?

“It’s always fun to be part of Fashion Week! Industry people gather during these days to attend events and shows, and it’s great with events that are open to the public. To study the seams and craftsmanship of fashion is exciting and inspiring.”

You experiment with unusual materials in your work. What attracts you to this approach?

“It’s a long story, it goes way back in time. I’m originally from the art world and experimented a lot throughout my art studies. When I studied at Beckmans School of Design we had many assignments where we tried new, unconventional materials. Thanks to that I’m unafraid of trying new things and I’m very grateful for my education and for my great teachers that supported me. When it comes to fashion and clothes I have worked with everything from pasta to lettuce, blinds and recycled plastic, but paper is what I like the most.”

Do you think it’s important for fashion to keep evolving? 

“It’s incredibly important that fashion evolves and renews itself. From finding new ways to wear clothes to discovering environmentally conscious materials, it’s something that can be used to develop and improve the self. It’s also important to consider the evolvement of fashion beyond economic terms. The fashion industry needs to shape up and get more involved in the manufacturing process. Humans, animals and the environment pay the high price for the cheap clothes in store. With that said there is also a great responsibility on us consumers buying the clothes. Our choice in the store greatly affects manufacturers.”