“My mother gave birth to me under her sewing table in Imzouren, Morocco. I was born so fast she didn’teven have time to stand up. She used the scissors she worked with to cut the umbilical cord” saysdesigner and illustrator, Karim Adduchi. He doesn’t know if he should tell this to people, but this collection is a tribute to childhood.
“I met my father at the Barcelona airport”, he says. “I was four years old and I had never seen himbefore. He went looking for work in Spain when I was seven months old. He was a tailor as well. I grewup with the sound of sewing machines, and I used to play with scraps of fabric. I know that each coloris an emotion, that materials can revive specific memories, that textures can make us nostalgic, and athread of fabric always is part of a story.”
“Couture is always about memories. When I work, I try to understand my relation to materials, cuts andvolumes -- and that is why I turn to my childhood. I make it meaningful again, mine and that of those around me, and those who came before them.”
He recalls that he didn’t talk much as a child but he spent his time drawing and that is why they puthim in art school. That’s where he came from and that is how he sees couture; as a way to interpret theworld, as it is, and at the same time as he wishes it to be.
“In a collection, I want to see the world and through a collection it’s the whole world that I address.”The thing that strikes you with Karim Adduchi, what he is, what he invents -- is his elegant subtlety. Helooks at a body, all bodies and designs a way for them to inhabit the world. He looks at a woman, allwomen and sees that couture is not about hiding or showing yourself. It’s about finding the strength tobecome your own center of perception. Karim sees clothes as allies, as supports which celebrate power,and endurance, as well as flaws.
Karim Adduchi’s work is orbiting around the concept of softness, and its aesthetic. It goes beyondfashion and gender limitations to give a synesthetic acknowledgment to a universal need -- love. Notthe desire to own something, and dispossess someone else in the process, but the desire for love. A lovethat is candid, radiant. A love that stands out, and, without rushing, gently destabilizes you.Painting a picture of his work through words always boils down to this: addressing the softness that fears neither surprise nor complexity, or weakness.
Karim Adduchi’s Maktub – what is written, what will happen - is his way of saying that our destinies are already joined together, it’s already happened. And it’s a miracle of beauty.