BARCELONA, Apr 11, 2009 / FW/ — Inspired by the styles of the film noir detective genre, 1940s and 1960s raincoats, and contemporary urban style and, last but not least, Japanese detective stories from across the eras, ‘Private Detective’ revolved working with uniforms and typical garments such as raincoats, suits and feminine dresses associated with the field.
Through careful deconstruction and examination, Marite Mastina and Rolands Peterkops, designing under the label Mareunrol’s, created their own vision, balancing shapes, sizes and various other nuances. Using observation and analysis, the design duo submerged themselves in the characters they were designing for.
Like actors in a play, Marite Mastina and Rolands Peterkops went into ‘living’ their muses – long nights spent sifting through archives and unauthorized copies of highly confidential documents in order to gain an insight into the minds of their subjects
Inspired by the abject clumsiness and defective traits that film noir detectives and policemen possess, along with the poor and ill-fitting quality of their dress, we set about designing our collection.
Suspicious housewives, pensioners, killers, bank robbers and drug dealers, all in sexy dresses and beautiful raincoats. The journalist, thick-skinned and exposed,wearing plaited and checked fabric akin to chain mail.
Woolen fabrics characterize the witty and flamboyant, while the serious sport cotton jerseys and PVC raincoats.
Meanwhile, large periwigs maintain the sense of surrealism and mysticism that is central to the theme. By displaying the film noir environment in a more galactic, cosmic and witty form, the collection highlights, polishes and recreates the underbelly of the murky criminal world.
The choice of film to display the collection evolved naturally from the fact that film noir was central to the concept, development and inspiration.. The creative process was sparked by the creation of the characters in the film, with the story concept following shortly thereafter. The characters were then stylized with a cinematic film noir ethos.
Created in a stop motion style, this fashion movie was chosen to form part of Diane Pernet’s movie festival AVSOFF.