Osklen Creative Director Oskar Mestavaht called the label’s Spring/ Summer 2015 collection ‘ Inhotim’ after the esteemed Brazilian contemporary art museum in Brumadinho, southeast Brazil. Founded by art collector Bernado Paz, the museum and gallery sits within a sprawling, 5,000 acre botanical garden designed by landscape artist Roberto Burle Marx. The garden, boasting two dozen art ‘pavillions’ opened to the public in 2006 and include works by the likes of Hélio Oiticica, Yayoi Kusama, Anish Kapoor, Thomas Hirschhorn, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Steve McQueen, Cildo Meireles, Tunga and Lygia Pape. The gardens, some of the scupltures and the geodesic dome designed by Paula Zasnicoff Cardoso can all be seen in the beautiful ‘making of Inhotim’ film linked here; art meets nature meets architecture to create Osklen Inhothim. Metsavaht and his team spent four days at the museum during the development of the range and the connection between art, nature and architecture is palpable in the film. The result was seen in September 2014 when the collection debuted at New York Fashion Week, a clever amalgamation or hard, architectural lines and shapes and soft, warm fabrics and knits. A series of beautiful floral prints are seen as both a stark shadowy silhouette and blossoming botanical colour, and the variety of e-fabrics, an Osklen signature, includes organic silk, dense silk fibres and cotton knits. The juxtaposition between rigid plastic skirts and the organic vibe of unfinished hems sums up Inhotim perfectly.
Watch the film: ‘Making of Inhotim’ here: