Ottolinger use Illustrations to Model New Collection

Illustration: Julien Ceccaldi

Illustration: Julien Ceccaldi

Whilst launching their SS19 Ready-to-wear collection last year, Christa Bösch and Cosima Gadient - the designers responsible for Ottolinger - explained that they “explore (stories) with fabrics, building characters in our own world,” using their collections to build “a new fantasy story with (its own) society.” This collection was the brands debut at Fashion Week. Building on this, the designers have decided to take things a step further for their latest release, using illustrations in the place of models to tell their story.

The Collection in Paris in February

The Collection in Paris in February

Image Credit: Vogue Runway

Image Credit: Vogue Runway

The duo reached out to Julien Ceccaldi - an artist whose work they had admired for some time - and chose three characters from an existing story of Ceccaldi’s. The skeletal characters were originally inspired by a science fiction novel by Liu Cixin, titled ‘The Three-Body Problem’. The artist then styled the characters in the designers favourite pieces from the collection, some of which also inspired by the same novel.

The collection debuted this February in Paris and shows a strong conceptual development of the designers wishes to build their own story around their creations. Fashion is a fantasy, could this concept be moving closer the literal in our increasingly digitised age?

TEXT BY ISOBEL GORMAN-BUCKLEY