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Body Archive

There were high hopes for the closing show of Amsterdam Fashion Week courtesy of Marga Weimans. With her DNA-infused collection the now established designer did not disappoint.

By Cassandra Pizzey / 31-01-2013

For this edition of Amsterdam Fashion Week the organization moved back to its original location, the Westergasfabriek. A bigger venue with a more industrial feel was transformed into a fashion Walhalla and offered space to shows by the likes of Claes Iversen, Edwin Oudshoorn and Tony Cohen, alongside some high street brands and young talents. 

After a week of shows, lectures, workshops and events, it was up to Marga Weimans to close the fashion week uptown programme with her latest collection named Body Archive. After the fashion insiders, decked-out celebrities and photographers had taken their seat, a short video started, giving us some insight of what was to come.
Weimans talked about technology in fashion and how she had incorporated her own DNA into this collection.

With bated breath viewers watched the first model stride down the catwalk. She wore a short black cropped wig, large black box made of plexiglass, underneath a pair of leggings with graphic black and white print and the architectural shoes of UN Studio.

Last year, Weimans had wowed crowds with her architectural, avant-garde take on fashion, this year she certainly didn’t disappoint. Model after model came down the runway wearing ever-smaller structures to reveal the strong-shouldered dresses underneath. Prints were visible in black and white or blue and red, incorporated what indeed looked like DNA visualisations.

Weimans graduated from the the Antwerp Royal Academy of Fine Arts (DKO) in 2005, a school shared with designers such as Maison Martin Margiela and Ann Demeulmeester of the Antwerp Six. Her earlier collections demonstrated a strong sense of shape and form, accentuating or as an extension of the body. Last year’s collection, named Citylife, showed wire structures in the form of city skylines alongside the clothing itself but this time round the models were actually wearing their architectural shells.

To end the show, the plexiglass boxes were lifted from the shoulders and the once haute-couture silhouettes were exchanged for an almost pret-a-porter collection of graphic printed legging and dresses, a very clever switch indeed.

All images: Peter Stigter