Now onto the interesting stuff! The tribal inspired Tiki-Mania-Maori collection of Danish Design School 2009 graduate Anne Sofie Madsen is simply amazing. It reminds me of Alexander McQueen, but with stunning pastels and a soft, feminine look that mixes modern with tribal.
"In traditional Maori art the most dominant, mythical motif is the "avianised man" or "bird woman". The most important visual art forms are plaiting, relief carving and tattoo. My idea in this collection was to combine (and confront) this with classic, European clothing - in order to express the contrasts and borders between what we see as primitive/civilanized, exotic/classic and barbaric/elegant."
"My idea was not to create bird suits or folk costumes and I decided not to use feathers in the garments and to "translate" the traditional materials of the Maori. I used shoelaces instead of flax strips and exchanged tattooed skin with leather applied on invisible tulle."
Source and image credit: Cyana Trendland