Editor’s Pick: Kostas Murkudis Spring 2018. When the former right hand of Helmut Lang channeling the artsy and contemporary side for his own label.
Designer Kostas Murkudis has recently revealed his latest Spring Summer 2018 Collection that focused on fabrics and sculpting, an influence from Bauhaus School. The German-born whom is a Greek descent first discovered his passion back in the 90s as renowned designer, Helmut Lang’s first assistant. Subsequently, Murkudis found his label, showcasing men and women’s label in the early 2000s.
The latest collection is worth to note, as we see an entire concept unpeel with various artistic work and collaboration, making each piece and direction intriguing and conceptual on its own. Both his collections and the lookbook were an exploration of all these artistic techniques poured into one.
Murkudis collaborated with photographers, Max von Gumppenberg and Patrick Bienert, where the setting was a play on mood, lighting, and construction. A combination of techniques such as close-up, use of light, movements and side shots were used to portray the artistic visuals and uncommon direction. Part of it is also the dialogue we see with the garments, as they were kitsch and unconventional enough, making them look artistic when shot. Styled by Jodi Barns, the collection uses materials such as rubber, latex, and raw silk, tulle, and others.
The collection breathes newness to approaching lookbook and fashion photography. We appreciate Murkudis’ artistic play and interaction between fashion and photography that is successful in creating meaning and depth to what is blasé in fashion. There’s a certain realness that we feel is implemented to the overall collection and the photo shoot itself. We see a living proof of when multiple disciplines and dialogues interweave with one another wonderful artistic works can rise.
Photography Max von Gumppenberg & Patrick Bienert
Styling Jodie Barnes
Art Direction Buero-A-H