1774 CSM Saskia Lenaerts


SASKIA LENAERTS
CAN WE SHAPE NEW IDENTITIES?

With her Masters in Menswear from CSM Lenaerts uses fashion as a tool to form an impact on society. Demonstrating both, our cultural differences and commonalities, her collections are a celebratory juxtaposition of diversity. As a trained dancer she aims to discover boundaries, unwaveringly driven by an admiration for art as much as critical thinking.





THE TERRA STYLE

Terra relates back to the nurturing ground of BIRKENSTOCK – its cork footbed. By letting the natural footprint be the shape of the sandal itself Lenaerts celebrates the strength and beauty of the carrier of our lives – the foot.





INTERVIEW WITH SASKIA LENAERTS

Can fashion and activism be combined?

Definitely, fashion and how we dress are the first visual manifestations of representation. Without opening our mouths to say anything, fashion can already speak visually for us. Make people feel something. What we choose to wear, depending on the look, materiality and combination of garments can be intended as activism and can be defiant.

Would you say that your design work is something of a manifesto? If so, what are you trying to state or argue?

My work is a manifesto and a reflection of my personal trans-national migratory heritage and lifestyle. I push for a borderless, less violent and more culturally accepting world. My work represents and showcases the positives I experience from this transnational way of life, which is something I envision for the world. I aim to disarm prejudice with my design practice.

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