This collection can shortly be described as dressy meets sports meets pajama. Starting off in highly constructed garments, the seams have been re-opened after sewing, and left raw in places that in various ways indicate areas where clothes often don’t fit. Areas such as the waist, the hip, the chest and the upper arms. The clothes wrap, open up and adjust to the specific body characteristics of the wearer with the goal to construct our way to liberation of the female body. The materials vary from finest suit- ing wools, via a raw bonded fabric in wool and cotton, to a crisp silk organza, allowing styling possibilities from sporty comfortable to boss suit lady, and any mix in between.
MINNAPALMQVIST wants to be a sustainable feminist voice in a business most people think of as pure superfi- ciality. We believe that through aesthetic twists and desirable, smart pieces, we can influence people to re-think their values and make better choises in their consumtion. The brand strives to become one of the most sustai- nable brands on the contemporary fashion scene; including everything from fibres, to fabrics, labour and human value. At this point, the brand blends use of sustainable fabrics with material from dead stock warehouses mainly in Italy and Great Britain. The production is set in a small factory in Latvia, Riga, since we want to keep the pro- duction around the corner.#LocalProduction #EmotionalDesign #FairLabour #VegetableTanned #SlowFashion #NoChildLabour
Minna Palmqvist’s concept Intimately Social has its starting point in the somewhat complicated clashes between the ”socially accepted female body”, and the physical bodies we actually have. The name is inspired by the social anthropologist Mary Douglas, who meant that we all have two bodies, one intimate and one social. It can be read as a conflict between what we wish for, and what we are trying to hide. Minna Palmqvist’s garments, objects and installations get their shapes from intimate details and unwanted body shapes, they burst facades and expecta- tions and take space in a system not really made for them. The project is constantly developing, but no matter if the result is a ready-to-wear collection or an art installation, the roots of the work are always found in the proble- matics around the female body being seen as an object there to please others, in the world of fashion as well as in the society at large. Minna Palmqvist has a bachelor in clothing design from Sydväst Polytechnic in Turku, Finland 2004, and a master in textiles from Konstfack College of Arts, Crafts and Design 2007. Her work has been showcased at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen (2014), Torun Center of Contemporary Arts (2013) to just mention a few. Palmqvist has been awarded the Who’s Next Young Designer Contest ”Womenswear Category”, Paris (2012)