My tale is about a little girl, my 6-years old daughter, Mona.
She’s the muse that has inspired me to create this collection.
Every night before bedtime we read in the marvelous book ‘Het geheim van de keel van de nachtegaal’ (The nightingale and the secret of his voice) by Peter Verhelst.
The story is about the search of happiness that you can find in the little things of life.
This collection goes that little bit further. Mona, my muse, goes into her dream to the secret garden of this book. It’s the most beautiful garden of the world, full of these amazing flowers and trees. A garden where the nightingale sings his most beautiful song.
In this perfect other world of scents and colors she starts the search for her older self. Together with the nightingale she starts her journey to spread her wings.
Not only in the concept was Mona of great importance, but also in shaping and creating she was very closely involved. Both in the clothing design, where she took over the place of the bird, as the textile design she was an important cooperative link. Together we started to paint our fabrics. In this way we were able to create an almost literal visualization of the story. A painting of the garden, seen through Mona’s eyes.
This collection is both dynamic and romantic, and consists of many oriental influences. It puts an ethereal atmosphere where the childlike fantasy remains strong. It brings you into a story where birds and forest nymphs are still able to exist and fulfill their role, where they are able to pursuit their search for happiness.
Design & Styling // Marijke Boye
Photographer // Klaartje Lambrecht
MUAH // Katarina Goyvaerts,
Models // Helen Feskens & Mona Van Geel