Heavily inspired on world politics, fuelled by his interest in contradictory, Cedric Jacquemyn’s new collection references the paradox of freedom.

Enforced by Heidegger’s concept geworfenheit, that describe humans’ individual existences as “being thrown” into the world. A kind of alienation that human beings struggle against.

Antwerp, the city where Cedric lives and works, once was home to Europe’s main port for Trans-Atlantic voyages. A city that housed thousands of refugees coming from all over Europe; looking for a better life in a new world. The paradox of freedom hit close to home.

The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of freedom, an immigrant from the old world, a gatekeeper to the new, oxidised into an ancient relic of isolation at the edge of a continent in shut down. A sculpture as a stagnant memory of hope, a reflection to a world more divided.

Cedric Jacquemyn’s 14th collection is a physical translation; transparent layered linen blazers and coats give the illusion of things yet to come, of pieces in transformation. A waistcoat half turned inside out makes a transgression into striped garments, highlighting the architectural construction of his tailored silhouettes. Showing the inside of jackets gives the feeling of looking further and deeper.
Sleeves constructed by just two darts, draped over the shoulder, show his quest for innovation.

Sculptural copper jackets reference liberty, A statue as a static representation of movement, an endless contradiction.
The material will oxidise naturally over time.