Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, Fashion BA 2016
A recurring theme in Marianna Ladreyt’s work is ‘trompe-l’oeil’, illusions that trick the eye and make us aware of our subconscious reflex to interpret sensory information. This relates to her fascination for the Greek toga, a flat piece of fabric that is just knotted somewhere to create its volume, that is there to protect and serve the body, it’s beauty universally recognized. No stitches. “For my thesis, I did research on the ‘flâneur’, this poetic figure of the stroller, the observing and contemplating wanderer who never stops trying to understand the world. What if it were but a décor with changing sets?” In Marianna Ladreyt’s graduation collection, the flâneur became a true adventurer and the togas got stitches. The piece presented at Modebelofte is called ‘Polartoga’.