Hi! I'm Dannie, I'm studying BAhons in Fashion and Textiles at Middlesex University in London.
Subcultures are the roots of fashion and style, and this blog is a document of my journey through the exploration of the development of the Psytrance rave scene subculture; it's origins with Goa Hippies from the 60's and it's fashion and style.
Saturday, 9 February 2013
Bas Kosters is another designer I have chosen to focus on for
this blog. I find his creations so fascinating to look at. They are full of
character and playfulness which is quite intoxicating to me.
Bas Koster believes in the
strength of having different disciplines in life and combining them to
strengthen creative outlets. Bas has a DJ duo with Shirly Hart and travels to
various different parties and events such as RAUW, Milshake Festival, Anti
Fashion Party, Valtifest and OHAF at Paradiso. He has been making music since
the beginning of his fashion design career with a band called 'Bas Und Sein
Verrucktes Musikanten Stadle' and his other band named 'Superior Experience'.
He created a collection for his Graduation collection (Graduation from Fashion
Institute, Arnhem) called “two cups and a FryingPan” which was themed on a
fictional image of a band, at the presentation of the collection he had the
band 'Bas Und Sein Verrucktes Musikanten Stadle' play along side which made the
presentation of fashion, music and performance look like an “over-the-top pop
I feel the style he creates is playful, youthful and
charismatic as well as being raw and edgy. There is almost a bricolage effect of styles going on there’s
a grungy-punk yet carnival and colourful feel to some of the outfits, but many
of them seem confused and a total extraction of one individuals creative
The main thing I’m drawn to
with Bas Kosters is his themes he uses to base each collection and how he can
translate these into visually compelling pieces of fashion design. Each
collection Bas makes has a strong concept which he explores, I find the themes
he choses to work with very interesting, they are the starting points which
lead to his fashion designs that are a clear reflection of his thoughts and
A wild imagination seems to be a key element of his design
and exclusive print making process. When I look at his designs I see strange
little characters or monsters or different phrases and profanities printed on
them. Along with over the top, almost tacky design features such as loads of
big stuffed fabric hearts attached to dresses in his “love, fuck yeah”
collection or a dress which looks like a walking monster with eyes and teeth on
it in his “fashion mutant” collection. Bas Kosters “love, fuck yeah” collection
I feel the whole collection is a reflection of what you think of when someone
mentions valentines day; pink, hearts and sickliness. Although I find the
collection a little bit repulsive and sickly sweet I also find that is what
captivates me, and there are some pieces I absolutely love, which is true for
all of his collections, I find them both ugly and beautiful simultaneously.