About to graduate from the Swedish School of Textiles, the starting point of the collection was his personal background. Kristian’s parents fled from Iraq and Lebanon, and as an Assyrian-Swedish of the first generation, the designer has found himself often reflecting on his heritage. The story he decided to tell through his garments is the one of a country he feels is still not accurately represented.
“My goal was to bring into my collection elements that people don’t usually dare to touch because they are considered preserved.”
Wanting to provoke and evoke feelings, Kristian’s collection features typical Middle Eastern elements, like the keffiyeh or the thawb, recontextualised, reshaped, altered. “I felt there was a disconnection between the Middle East and high fashion in the Western hemisphere. I want to be the one to bridge that gap,” he said. In his collection the designer has made a pledge to reclaim some of the most emblematic symbols of his heritage, looking at their untouched essence, charging them with new meanings. “My goal was to bring into my collection elements that people don’t usually dare to touch because they are considered preserved,” he said.