Multipurpose coat concept
In my interpretation there are two main types of coats – winter and between-season. The main focus regarding the winter-coats is on functionality since they have to offer protection against cold and precipitation. Concerning the between-season garments, the aspect of protection still has to be respected but as the weather circumstances are less extreme, aesthetics can have a bigger emphasis.
My aim was to combine these two types into one complex, variable, laminable, expandable but still evident piece. I also wanted the lining to serve as an independent garment that could be separated from the overcoat and would represent a suitable outfit during between-seasons. Without the lining the garment functions as a between-season jacket that is waterproof, lightweight but still offers protection from the elements. Combined with the lining, it’s a fully-equipped winter coat of durable and long-lasting fabric and finally, the lining itself can serve as a fashionable vest.
This multiple functionality goes against fast-fashion, excessive consumption and rapid turnover, therefore follows the concept of sustainabilitiy and simplicity. Thanks to the design, realization, layering of clothes and incorporation of three types of garments, the coat could be worn almost all year long.
My visual inspiration originates in the theme of northern light ’Aurora Borealis’. Concerning my sourcing material, I’ve been influenced by and used the Aurora photos of Ben Hattenbach, an adventurer, conservationist and wilderness photographer who often worked with the subject of desolate arctic landscapes and northern light. In order to convey the mood of these visually fascinating natural phenomenons I applied digital printing as surface treatment. It’s essential for me that people who wear my coat don’t fade into the autumn melancholy or winter greyness.
Aurora Borealis photo: Ben Hattenbach
Lookbook-photos: Istvan Varfi