CREATIVE DIRECTOR OSKAR METSAVAHT
FASHION DIRECTOR JULIANA SUASSUNA
FASHION MARKETING NELSON CAMARGO
STYLING PEDRO SALES
BEAUTY AMANDA SCHON
The life and work of Tarsila do Amaral were the inspiration for Osklen's SS18 collection. Invited by the artist's family - which has made available to Oskar Metsavaht and his styling team the artworks and details of the history of the greatest female representative of the Brazilian art in the 20th century - Osklen presents a capsule collection in a special edition, that combines its style elements and brings new forms to Tarsila's raw art, drawing a parallel between her art expression and the design and style of the brand.
An artist ahead of her time, Tarsila had the ability to understand, interact and express the zeitgeist of a new artistic and philosophical movement which defined Brazilian Modernism and culminated in the Manifesto Antropófago (Cannibalist Manifesto). Tarsila expressed the true Brazilian Soul, exploring Brazil's ethnic and cultural diversity in a personal way which she insightfully introduced in the aesthetics of the European artistic modernist movement.
For the runway, the story begins with an off-white canvas and the artist's pure sketches in pencil or black ink; takes on a monochromatic red set - inspired by the self-portrait 'Manteau Rouge' - and ends up in pieces fully printed with works of the artist. Moulage techniques were used to bring the square shapes from the canvasses to the pieces, in contrast to Tarsila's organic painting.
Almost 90 years after the creation of Abaporu, one of her most iconic marsterpieces, the artist is still in trend and conquering new spaces. This year, the Brazilian artist will have her first individual exhibition in the United States with more than 100 pieces, at the Art Institute of Chicago, in October. In February 2018, the show will be presented in New York, at MoMA, when Osklen’s collection will be released in the foreign market.
Colors: White, off white, beige, khaki, red, black & white
Prints: Tarsila Sketches, Esboço (Sketch), Abaporu, Blues, Cidade (City), Rouge, Brasileiros (Brazilian People)
Materials: linen, cotton, silk and the e-fabrics – recycled cotton and pirarucu and salmon leather
Silhouette: Geometric shapes in moulage and tailoring techniques