Antiquated modernity: sense in paradox

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.

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Antiquated Modernity by Rio Surya Prasetia for Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan
Antiquated Modernity by Rio Surya Prasetia for Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan
Antiquated Modernity by Rio Surya Prasetia for Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan
Antiquated Modernity by Rio Surya Prasetia for Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan
Antiquated Modernity by Rio Surya Prasetia for Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan

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.

You can view the full shoot by Rio Surya Rasetia (rioprasetia.com) for Yosafat Dwi Kurniawan (yosafatdwikurniawan.com) by clicking on the thumbnails and perusing the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.