My final collection centers on the concept of Identity. How we feel versus how we are perceived by society.
I am of mixed race. I have Greek and Japanese parents but grew up in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Not only does my appearance reflect this mix but also my soul, my way of thinking and being in the world.
People perceive and categorize me based on their own origins and cultures. In Japan I’m seen as European whereas in Europe I am automatically considered Asian.
Through my knitted structures I aim to explore this contradiction: who I really am as opposed to how society sees me.
The colors represent my soul, a mix of cultures and emotions. The white symbolizes my body as a shell or a cage, sober and blank, a canvas onto which others project their perceptions. The silhouettes illustrate both the tension and ultimately find a balancing point which is my individuality.