The Bulgarian-born, London-based designer Kiko Kostadinov presented his Spring Summer 2023 Menswear Collection with a show, during the recently finished Paris Fashion Week. For the collection, the designer was inspired by the Janissary uniforms from the the Ottoman rule of his native Bulgaria.
The Spring Summer 2023 collection explores the psychological challenge and subsequent breakthrough of the designer and artist in the face of trauma. Our collective experience of the masculine wardrobe is deeply entrenched in the tenets of war, power and industry – inescapable echoes of the field and the battlefield. Of work, victory, and pain. When historic and politicized garments are divorced from the practical application of their design, archetypes still resound with unspoken histories. Deconstructing the relationships between clothing and circumstance past, a willingness to shift the narrative emerges. Prejudice is displaced when volatile subject matters are confronted, appropriated and romanticized. – from Kiko Kostadinov.