Pleiades A/W18-19 'Underwater Treasures' !
Being "Craftsmanship, Historical References, Art, Fantasy and Storytelling" the core DNA of the brand, each of Pleiades collection delivers a story around the season's concept.
The second chapter, A/W18-19 is called 'Underwater Treasures', inspired by a shipwreck discovered back in 1975 at Sinan seashore of Korean peninsula.
Pleiades AW18-19 collection is full of rich colour and texture, translating the atmosphere of underwater treasures found from the shipwreck. Departed in 1323 from Chinese Ningbo harbour and heading to Japanese Hakata harbour, the ship was loaded with ceramics, metalworks, scented wood and other treasures to satisfy the taste of 14C high society in Japan.
Scholars who studied the relics from the shipwreck describe the discoveries as 'The culture of tea ceremony - scent - and flowers'. Although biggest portion of the findings were tableware, significant amount of incense burners, flower vases and utensils for tea ceremony are found together. Frequent political and cultural exchange with China had influenced Korean and Japanese culture among high society. Especially the fashions of drinking tea, enjoying scent and flowers were widespread, and simultaneously, the craft of ceramic and metalwork have thrived.
The designer - I - was especially fascinated by the black glazed ceramics, rusted bronze weights, lacquered woodwork, scented wood, glasswork and wooden tags.
Followed by a photographic exploration of construction sites, adding on to the adventurous, earthy, deconstructed mood.
Artist Cai Guo-Qiang's fabulous work of gunpowder drawings also have influenced the collection.
Hope you enjoy the Adventurous, Rebellious, but most of all, Charming collection of AW1819 Pleiades - Underwater Treasures :D!