Sunday, 3 August 2014

the 'provo-cut' textile injurer

Zita Bettina Merényi is a young Hungarian designer
who developed an innovative technique which provides
the ”sterile purchased fabrics a new aesthetic and
functional changes” as she declares introducing her
MA (in fashion and textile design) graduate collection
at the renowned MOME, Moholy Nagy Mûvészeti
Egyetem, Budapest's University of Art and Design.

Her 'Provo-CUT' collection ”is a coat collection where
I use soldering rather than tailoring lines which look
like scars, reflecting on the long term and temporary
traces of mankind on Planet Earth and on their own
body, just like scarification tattos”
Zita told the press,
”these scar lines generate very new forms, which 
are plastic, sculptural and look beautiful 
and strange at the same time.”

Her efforts to weld together theory and practice led
Zita to carefully build by hand (pretty impressive, huh?)
all her experimental garments: instead of sewing together 
sections of gray neoprene, Zita made use of heat to fuse
the polymeric material into eye-catching oversized coats
with protruding hems and fluid lines looking like rubbery
suits of armor and was brave enough to make slits one
by one - weeks of laborious, painstaking work, a sort of
meditation she recalls - in long satin dresses with the
soldering iron eventually painting their edges. 
”I injure the textiles but then I heal up the holes 
with a layer of paint” she wittily says.

Zita also used laser cutting in some long gowns to get
more detailed patterns or dangling narrow strings in
see-through looks, yet her carving technique creating 
horizontal, vertical and diagonal textures subtly evoking
body marks give a brand new feel to tech materials:
definitely a scarless talent to keep a sharp eye on.

> all images © by Zsolt Ficsór <

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