The paradoxical title reveals something that ends up making perfect sense: antiquated modernity, the mix of ancient and new. It’s both the title of Indonesian designer Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan’s spring 2013 collection, and the title of this shoot by Rio Surya Prasetia featuring Kurniawan’s garments.
Both collection and shoot mix the ancient and the futurist in the most captivating of ways. If you were a bird soaring above Java’s 9th-century Borobudur temple, the formation of statues from above would look rather a lot like the formation of beading on Kurniawan’s garments – not by mistake but by careful design. Only, with Kurniawan’s pieces, the effect is given a metallic, hyper-modern reworking.
Taking the thread of the concept into perfectly fitting imagery, Rio Surya Prasetia’s shoot takes the classic mood of the pieces and visualises something coolly futuristic, with foiled hair and metallic surroundings. Zico Halim’s styling keeps everything clean and modern, yet always with the ancient inspirations in mind.