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Dress, ...C’est le Pompon!, 2014
Flaka Jahai
Dress, ...C’est le Pompon!
Flaka Jahai,

Dress, ...C’est le Pompon!,
2014

Flaka Jahai
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
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8031 Zurich
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  • ...C’est le Pompon! Flaka Jahai Dress
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The Zurich fashion designer Flaka Jahaj (b. 1983) created the collection …C’est le Pompon! as her final project in the textile design department at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. The garment components can be varied as desired and are connected with each other by way of varicolored pompoms. When garments go modular, they take on new possibilities: dressing becomes a creative, interactive process.

Flaka Jahaj tries in her work to open up the boundaries between design, fashion, art, and performance. The dissolution of traditional fashion design principles is integral to the very concept behind this garment. The modular pompom textile is based on the Lego principle: Jahaj has monochrome pompoms made by hand in many colors from acrylic yarn and then sewn into differently sized rectangular surfaces that can then be linked using additional but larger pompoms. This garment thus has no specific cut and no prescribed form; these are instead created by the wearer herself according to the occasion, her changing needs, and her own body. In this sense, the object is not only a dress but also a skirt, a jacket, a sweater, a top, or a stole. As a result of the (theoretically) unlimited number of ways it can be worn, getting dressed becomes a creative and interactive part of the design. This is really the limit: c’est le pompon! In Jahaj’s project, which won the Swiss Design Award in 2014, the design process, which was carried out using Lego bricks, stands in a genuine dialogue with the actual product and the process of dressing. A forward-looking design principle is manifested in which design adapts to social changes: C’est le Pompon! reflects the modular function of drag-and-drop in our everyday lives. (Franziska Müller-Reissmann)

Kleid, «… c’est le pompon!», 2014
Entwurf/Ausführung: Flaka Jahai
Material/Technik: Acrylgarn, Baumwolltüll, handgeknüpft
115 x 60 cm
Eigentum: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK
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Kleid, «… c’est le pompon!», 2014, Entwurf/Ausführung: Flaka Jahai
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Entwurf für «...c’est le Pompon!» in Lego-Technik, 2015, Ausführung: Flaka Jahai
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK