RAMI KADI: Depression Leads to Inspiration
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Paris, France – In Rami Kadi’s new Fall Winter 2017/18 collection, the couturier reveals a side about himself of which few people would allow the public to learn. His new body of work, which is titled “SWEET CHAOS”, is the result of his own personal moments in bout with depression.
In a personally guided tour of the collection at the Parisian hotel Le Meurice, Rami Kadi explained to this journalist that he had in fact decided against even doing a collection for the season. However his team brought him to reason in time. In doing his sketches, all he could see were the stripes that came from the dreams that he had during his depression. As the stripes in those dreams were all black and white, he decided to add a bit of color to them and transfigured them through delicate handwork and onto his very interesting materials. His research, transfiguration of his dreams into reality and his willingness to share his vulnerability with us has resulted into what must be considered as some of his most compelling and most beautiful work to date.
He calls upon a rafia, sequins, glass beads and braided lambskin leather for the creation of his intricately detailed and well crafted pieces. Each dress in the collection required around 500 hours to create. Among them are his silhouettes such as the jumpsuit that has been created with the sequins, which in their own right have a holographic effect. He also interestingly uses a special material that results when strips of materials that are normally used for making sequins are bonded to organza. (NOTE: See the black and white striped dress for an example of this material).
This writer can personally say that though a picture is worth a thousand words, none can do justice to the amazing work that Rami Kadi has created this season. In order to truly appreciate his work, one has to see it in person. The detailing and craftsmanship in this collection touches the frontier of exquisite.