Animal inspired fashion from Camille Cortet 

published in: Fashion By Apostolos Mitsios, 08 December 2010

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Bird&Seduction collar, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

Camille Cortet is a French designer based in Amsterdam that recently graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven and admits that nature is one of her biggest inspirations when it comes to fashion. More specifically, she is challenged by the idea of transformation and tries to find the parallelisms between animals and humans. After all, fashion is a game of constant changes, from the way somebody can build his or her proper style and the way this can be adapted in different contexts to the frenetic rhythm that styles and trends come and go. Having in mind the way that animals change their color and skin or the behaviors they use when they want to capture the attention of their love companions, Cortet has created the Transformations project. This includes a series of body-ornaments that are an attempt to adapt animal behaviors to our culture and to create new gestures and new body languages within clothing and ornaments.

''Snake&molting legwear'' research material and inspiration , Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

Picture from the Design Academy catalogue 2010, photo (c) Vincent van Gurp

Part of Camille’s particular interpretation of animal beauty is her Snake&Molting legwear. As Camille points out, our skin ages through cycles of molt in the same way that snakes change their skin when it becomes too old and too rigid. Camille’s legwear is inspired by this transformation since her tights become a second skin, made of a laser cut textile, and are adapted to the shape of the body. This second skin evolves with our movements as it ages and breaks like a skin after several uses.

''Snake&molting legwear'' illustration , Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

''Snake&molting legwear'', photo (c) Vincent van Gurp

Bird&Seduction collar, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

Bird&Seduction accessory collection, on the other hand, is a wearable collection of collars made out of textile and coated paper. This time the main inspiration comes from the birds and their capacity to transform their body with volume and colors during the mating period. Bird&Seduction collars are made with different layers of textile and coated paper and can be used as body ornaments that one can shape around his body. The peculiarity is that, in concordance with birds’ visual seduction, these paper structures can obtain with the right movement volume and colors just for a moment, a moment to impress.

Camille’s quest to create fashion items that reflect the transforming and always impressive essence of nature has certainly wowed us and we are sure that the best is still to come!

Bird&Seduction collar, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

Bird&Seduction collar, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

Bird&Seduction collar, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

''Bird&Seduction'' illustration, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet

Bird&Seduction collar, Image Courtesy of Camille Cortet


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    michele Angelini | 2010-12-09 16:33:03


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    shirin | 2010-12-13 17:11:24

    nice work , a little bit lady gaga but in a nice way.

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    tatiana | 2010-12-15 15:57:11

    very sensitive, I like it! Have always expected to see how a stylist could place wings on our shoulders.This is a beautiful way.

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    monique | 2011-01-12 01:36:38

    Hi, I saw it in Eindhoven @ the Dutch Design Week, and it looked amazing! Keep up the good work!

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    Barbara Robbins | 2011-07-18 09:25:12

    This nature inspired pieces remind me a lot of the wood inspired collection from Pandora’s jewelry. It is about creativity and expression of man’s relationship with nature, and hopefully through this, the story of nature can be heard to all man.

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