DIDU AW20-21 collection “LIGHT MY FIRE” text by Runzhou Sun

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Didu’s Autumn/Winter 2020-2021 collection entitled “LIGHT MY FIRE” was inspired by the British artist Mat Collishaw ’s artwork series “Burning Flowers”. Flamenco Romance is present in this collection sprinkled with the designer’s underground attitude. The whole collection reminds me of Gaston Bachelard s the psychoanalysis of fire, in which he says “ If everything that changes slowly is explained by life, everything that changes quickly is explained by fire. Fire is ultra-vivid, intimate and universal. It lives in our hearts. It also lives in the sky. It rises from the depths of substance and offers itself as love. It descends into matter and hides latent hatred and revenge.”

Brand information : Didu is a Chinese fashion designer currently based in Antwerp. The eponymous brand was established in 2018, after her graduation from the Royal Academic of Fine Arts (Antwerp Fashion Department). Her work brings a hyper feminine, subversive and futuristic point of view on women, as well as expressing the  position that they occupy in contemporary society. Didu draws her inspiration from her Chinese  heritage, contemporary female artists and underground culture.