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Nature, dance and upcycled fashion at km/a catwalk

On 10 September 2014, Vienna-based label km/a presented the collaborative 'Nationalparks Austria' collection at MQ Vienna Fashion Week; since then, the timeline of the label's Facebook page was filled daily with new images of the stage and backstage.

The designers of km/a Katja Harrer and Michael Ellinger interpreted the six special nature regions in Austria (the Nationalparks Austria) as fashion show with dance performances, signature nature costumes to each of the six parks (such as the one of Hohe Tauern on the picture right) and upcycled fashion pieces made from recycled materials of old tents or 1960ies parachutes (images below).

Already before the show started, km/a posted via Facebook the order of appearance of the six signature pieces with the name of each Nationalpark online. In the meanwhile (checked today on 14 September), the timeline contains postings with video of the dance performance of Yuri Crimson Yoshimura (fig. right), behind-the-scene images, views of the show and the signature Nationalparks Austria costumes: for the Kalkalpen a blouson of leaves, for the Donauauen a latex and ivy dress, the Hohe Tauern were interpreted as hay coat (picture above), Gesäuse as bark jacket, Neusiedler See as dress made from feathers and straw, and the Thayatal as dress which could carry the name 'Lady of the Thaya'; the dress looks like just dyed with the weed of Thaya's riverside.

fig.: 'Nationalparks Austria' by km/a presented on 10 September 2014 at MQ Vienna Fashion Week. Photos: (C) Thomas Lerch.

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