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Meet the VIA Design Graduate of 2018: Agata Doraczynska

Agata Doraczynska is one of the many students from VIA Design who presented their collections during Copenhagen Fashion Week. We hand selected some of the best collections and heard more from each designer.

read the full interview below.

Where are you from?

Poland

Age?

22

What is the collection about?

The concept is based on a research on the mainstream perception of vulgarity, which is usually identified with unsophisticated feelings and brings up negative connotations. It explores different aspects that make something seem to be improper or indecent and why it is perceived this way. The factors are redefined into menswear fashion, everyday garments or styling and finally translated into contemporary streetwear fashion. Knowing that vulgar does not only stand for lack of sophistication or a bad taste, but it also means something ordinary and common, the collection is built up mostly from denim and reconstructed day-to-day pieces. The vulgar is in details – uneven cutlines, inside-out seams, pockets sticking out, crooked shapes and random combinations of forms, rushed hand-stitching to get the raw and badly sewn look, some accidental trash or keys glued here and there or attached to the heavy chains. It’s just a first glimpse, there is much more, getting further to nonphysical, concealed definitions that are open for a discussion.

Naturally, all on purpose.

What was your initial starting process?

All of the processes was the research. Instead of working with common methods like collages or drawings, I prefer to find a concept and explore it throughout. The initial push for the idea was an exhibition called “The Vulgar – Fashion Redefined” that I visited a year ago. That time I didn’t consider the displayed pieces to be bothering or vulgar (I actually liked the designs a lot), I needed to understand myself what are the features that make the garments to look improper for others. Of course, it is a matter of time, place and the individual person… and that’s what makes the topic even more interesting.

 

How did it feel to showcase on a runway?

I was thrilled to be part of the fashion week, it was a magical feeling to watch my designs being showcased to the public, remembering all the months of hard work. I already got goosebumps from the heavy noise coming from chains and keys while the models were lining up just before the show, I could not believe what was about to happen.

What do you want viewers to take away from your collection?

Rather than impose a conclusion or specific feelings, I prefer to invite the viewers to a talk.

Where can readers find out more about you?

The easiest way is to hit me up on Instagram! @agata.doraczynska 

Meet more of the VIA Design students Here.

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