Tom Van der Borght (TVDB) AW2020 collection themed A Safe Cocoon with inspiration came from his ongoing artistic research explores the representation and celebration of non normative bodies in a myriad of fashion, performance and visual art.
We all have moments in life where we feel defeated, vulnerable, mistreated , sad, lonely or excluded. In such moments we look for ways to find ourselves again, we crave for a survival guide to our own life, we have a hunger for connection and community as an antidote for loneliness and exclusion.
In order to not be alone during those times, TVDB develops a series of 7 rituals, based on 7 stages of his own life and experiences. It introduces the audience into the TVDB universe, through the method of extreme self portrait, awareness and sensibility for the "strong" and the “special”.
In ‘Act 01: Create a Safe Cocoon ’high tech bricolage fashion is placed in a framework of a low tech procession. The catwalk performance explores the exciting tension between wearing and being worn, between carrying and being carried.
7 outfits created out of 7 limited non normative fashion materials are at the core of this performance and are an exploration of the concept of restriction as a base for experiment and materialisation.
Tom Van der Borght got his Fashion Design degree in 2012 at the Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten of Sint Niklaas.Tom discovered at the age of 27 that he suffers from a heriditary neuropathic muscle disorder, which confronted him with the question what is really important in life? And 7 is and will always be a magic number for Tom Van der Borght.
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