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My Paper Crown AW17

On Thursday the 13th of July 2017 Bas Kosters presented his latest collection “My Paper Crown” with a groundbreaking show during the 27th edition of Amsterdam fashion week at the Westergasterrein in Amsterdam. The collection reflected on the importance of showing attention and consisted mainly of upcycled cotton flags.

Pictures by Peter Stigter

Out of a fascination for used materials Bas Kosters collected hundreds of second-hand cotton flags. These were lovingly treated and made into outfits in a labour-intensive process. Bas: ‘Nowadays, we often overlook the true value of things and other people, and approach each other from our own preconceptions. This leads to the human factor, the unicity of the individual, being overlooked. Which is exactly what we should remain attentive to.’

The inspiration for this expressive collection came from different eras and continents, and combined rococo and traditional African costumes with workman’s clothes. The title of the collection, “My Paper crown”, also reflected on the importance of showing attention. After all, a paper crown is just as important as any other crown.

The show itself told the story of a village celebrating “Carrot day”. A group of workers made preparations for the parade in which the eccentrics from the village presented themselves to the world. This parade formed the actual fashion show. Designer bas Kosters sat on a mound of potatoes at the base of the catwalk, pealing them whilst overlooking Carrot day. The multidisciplinary presentation was a collaboration with actors of theatre