AMFW Video Karim Adduchi Interview
She Lives Behind the Courtyard Door – Fashion Collection
With ‘She Lives Behind the Courtyard Door’ Adduchi takes us, just like he did with his graduation collection, to a whole different world, where the rules and trends of fashion do not exist and where ancient craft and mystery merge. The story is about hidden power and beauty. A tribute to his heritage, dreams and barriers. Adduchi brings rich colours and vivid patterns, traditional rugs and deconstructed heritage and implements some much-needed detail in the function-driven, minimalistic world of today. Carpets, both fresh from the loom and antique, are draped and sculpted, combined and collaged, their heavy wool textures contrasted by the occasional shimmer of elaborate modern details. All pieces are handmade and unique; the carpets hand-loomed in Morocco, the seams hand-stitched by Adduchi. Drawing inspiration from his own heritage, reconstructing it and using this history to tell us about courtyards and the women living in them. Adduchi invites us to create our own story, handing us the material to dream and to follow him behind the courtyard door. Adduchi is a storyteller, and he uses fashion as bridge to communicate, and make us aware of the beauty that is always hidden.
KARIM ADDUCHI by VIRGINE DESPENTES
Covered, is how authenticity moves forward. Strength, beauty and resistance remain untouched only when smuggled. That is the story Adduchi tells us with his latest runway show, “She lives behind the courtyard door”. He imagines a contemporary figure that is so intricate, it becomes impossible to dissociate what it inherits from the future and how it reinvents tradition. Adduchi matches inspirations to fabrics. He conceals, covers, weaves, and mixes in one single gesture. A gesture that is of the utmost sophistication. Or, of the utmost rawness. His silhouettes seem to be emerging from the scenery, suddenly appearing from the walls to seize the movement. That same contemporary movement brings bodies from the desert inside of the city’s center, intertwining contradictory influences. Thus, fabrics we thought couldn’t be weaved together are at the root of our new identities : it’s a fabric made of changeable embraces. For Adduchi, doors are borders built to dissimulate, escape, separate – though they always eventually open up. Unto what? The unknown, the past, the secret. The creatures inhabiting his realm are powerful and fragile, flexible and solemn, mysterious and extravagant. They are hybrid warriors.”