Fashion department
Royal Academy of Fine Arts
AP Hogeschool Antwerpen
Master of Arts

Mattia Van Severen — Play Time

Play TimePlay Time by Mattia Van Severen
Play Time research and designSacha Shoe Award winner


In a personal take on Jacques Tati's film Playtime, in which he offers a playful stance on modernism, Mattia Van Severen presents a menswear collection exploring the limits of two- and threedimensional voluminous garments. Starting from volume studies and wishing to create beautiful shapes, his architectural loden and denim coats with flocked colour blocks offer an alternative to the classic parka or trenchcoat. Inspired by artists such as Gordon Matta Clark, Olafur Eliasson and Rachel Whiteread, the play with negative and positive spaces makes for trompe l'oeuil effects that support the graphic aspect of the garments. The flocked colour blocks defy logic and create new laws of gravity and movement. Deconstruction and 2D effects make this collection a contemporary vision of classic menswear. The award-winning shoes, developed in collaboration with Sacha, are classic 1970s brown leather boots with a deconstructed backside and a sportswear-inspired heel with air padding. Watch out for the playful and minimal leather & velcro carrier 'bags' made for those who have an iPhone, iMac and Pad to carry around town.

Thank you

Thanks to: Sophia Ohligs, Shivra Van Baast, Charles Degeyter, Anaïs Huyghe, Inge Rylant, Ringo Gomez Jorge, Frederic Bastin, Mous Lamrabat, Senne Van der Ven, Louis-Phillipe Breydel, Inge Leenknecht, Lola Van Severen, Fabiaan Van Severen, Anne Kuris, Umit Esbulan, Laure Van Brempt, Hilde Frunt, Anemie. Philippe, Hilde, Christophe en Ilse van Lampe textiles. Michael Verheyden. Het team van Dedecker Sport. Without all of you it wouldn't it be possible!