Photographer_ Jan Kapitän
Model_ Oliver Weiss
Copyright_ Judith Bondy
Autumn/ Winter Collection
Antwerp. An old lady is walking on the street, moving a buggy around. She bends over it and starts talking. There are no babies in it, instead poodles. Three grown up poodles. She treats them like humans.
Hidden in anonymity, I never speak to this woman. I imagine her life story. I call her IRVINE. Clothes are memorabilia for her. She is a collector.
Back in Antwerp in the 80s she is part of the cold wave music scene. The industrial flair of the city with its blackened house facades as well as the grubby Schelde determine the colors and the materiality of the collection. Eels are an allegory for the spirit of the city, therefore I used them as the subject for embroidery. The screen-print is made of collages of impressions both from Ruigoord and Antwerp.
At the shooting I directed the model to be as anonymous as the actual IRVINE is. The photographs function as memories. The collection is unisex.