Camiel Fortgens is a young Dutch designer and trend forecaster for menswear and fabrics. As as brand Camiel Fortgens questions the former menswear and re-thinks how shape, form, material and techniques come together as one. In his projects Fortgens defies the norm, the fixed and the expected; breaking from the usual confines of the fashion industry, looking to find answers through researching the role of fashion and men’s identity in an urban and global society.
This year, the brand was once again selected to present an installation as part of the Fashion Week Amsterdam. Titled “HEY", "HEY","HEY", "OK", "GREAT", "COOL", "COOL", "GREAT", "OK", "GREAT", "OK", "OK", "OK”, an installation and research on how fashion and trends influence our identity and social behavior.
Teaser “Hey”, “Hey”,”Hey”, “Ok”, “Great”, “Cool”, “Cool”, “Great”, “Ok”, “Great”, “Ok"
The images above are of Camiel Fortgens ready-to-wear line. Titled ‘Known’, this collection is based on the archetypal silhouette and fabric of former menswear. ‘Known’ searches an answer to the lost generation of the present time… the cut copy past generation. As globalization and internet are taking over and blending all cultures into one big mass of possibilities. We seam to be losing our roots and slowly loosing our “known”.
In ‘Known’, Fortgens looks at the history of menswear and builds the new from there… flat, odd looking yet recognizable pieces, redefine the boundaries of menswear. Puzzling with elements of the things we wear every day – a coat, suit, and pair of a jeans or shirt. By using stiff materials and unusual techniques and patterns. When worn the 2D recognizable shape seems to float around and ignore the human body, but in fact the clothes are very wearable.