Mode Design (B.A.)

Dō - collection.comfortable in an uncomfortable world.

When our world has turned into a dystopian place, will it still be possible to coexist in a harmonious way? Will we still feel comfortable?

Profil Sara Peters

According to climate scientists, the world in 2050 could be a whole different place due to climate change. We have been overusing the earth‘s natural resources since the 1970s. Climate change is the result of our constant resource overshoot. An increase of global warming correlates with an increase of natural hazards such as floodings and hurricanes.

I tried to imagine a future that could possible happen, where climate change and resource shortage have defined our everyday life. This led me to the question: How can we possibly live a harmonious life together in an increasingly dystopian world?
I found my answer in an ancient ethic writing: The Budō-philosophy. It dates back to the Samurai time and defines the warriors‘ „correct behaviour“ in both fight and daily routine. The Budō-philosophy and its seven virtues (honor, courage, respect, benevolence, rectitude and sincerity) are rather seen as a righteous lifestyle than strict laws.

My design idea was to incorporate the harmonious and disciplined character of the Budō-philosophy into the post-apocalyptic chaos of a dystopian future. As a result, my collection shows a contrast between sharp lines and symmetric silhouettes and destroyed fabrics, rusty prints and weathered looks. My design aim was to create order in chaos.

In a world where resources are in short supply, everything that is left receives a very high value. Even garbage can turn into a „treasured item“. This is why my fabrics are mostly left over pieces or materials you usually would not use for clothing, such as old plastic sheets and worn-out potato bags. To exaggerate the weathered looks of the fabrics, I used various textile manipulations such as rust dyeing and burning. I also put a plaster cast onto some of my fabrics to create extra stiffness.
I experienced creating my collection as an intense examination of fabrics and learning to value the things I found during the process.

Fashion design does not only require creativity and craftsmanship, but also the desire to explore subjects deeply and look at them from every angle.

I am Sara Peters, a fashion graduate from AMD Düsseldorf. During my previous projects I discovered that I love creating concepts around my work. Design work is much more interesting to me when it is actually based on a theoretical issue and is then translated into shapes, materials, silhouettes and details. It is always a fascinating journey.

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