Launch of 'Unbearable Lightness of Being' Collection


Summary: Vancouver-Based fashion designer Kirsten Ley launches ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’ Collection at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden & Cultural Centre, during Vancouver Fashion Week, March 2017.

VANCOUVER, BC - March 22nd, 2017.

Kirsten Ley is an artist who enjoys empowering women through confidence-inducing clothing. Constructing eponymous, avant garde and visceral pieces, she juxtaposes structurally bound leather with the whimsy of fervent, flowing silks, while exploring structural details inspired by both vintage and modern anatomy diagrams.

Her debut collection draws inspiration from human existence, Nietzsche’s idea of eternal return and breaking free from the confines of routine and pre-disposition. This can be seen in the individual garments showcased in her collection. The bound leather acts as a visual confine, a restriction holding back the soul and psyche of an individual.

She moulded leather by hand to create this binding suit of armour. Hand dyeing techniques were carefully applied, inch by inch, until the right tone of colour was reached. Frenzied silks have been carefully draped, hand sewn and beaded to portray the soul being released. She has wet dyed the silks to create an organic feel of teal seas and seaweed-clad beaches. Carefully placed pearl beads adorn the garments in a barnacle-like fluttering of growth.

This collection is very personal to the artist, who, as a young girl, was diagnosed with scoliosis. She therefore had to wear a back brace growing up and she draws inspiration from her personal experience as a dancer and singer, having to break free physically and emotionally from the literal confines of her brace.

This collection is her personal catharsis and she hopes to touch many people coming from similar physical or emotional states.

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