The eponymous label Olivia Ballard was establish in 2020. In the past 3 years, 27 year old Olivia Ballard has left a graceful yet strong mark within the German fashion circuit. Through her carefully selected materials she explores the ways in which the body can shape form, life and individuality to each handmade garment. Her designs symbolize a harmonization of different physicalities and identities, hereby continuously questioning both beauty standards and consumerism. While rooted within Berlin nightlife, Olivia Ballard dresses, pants, tops and swimwear have gained worldwide attention and can be found in stores around Berlin, New York, Amsterdam, and London.
Having spent the past years working and reworking the fringes of her statement materials and designs, Olivia Ballard will present her new collection ‘At Dusk’ FW23 at Berlin Fashion Week 2023. Dusk resembles an in between tension; a transition into the other or the next. As we transition from light to dark, we tend to slip into our comforting garments, or shift gears and indulge in the aesthetics of the night. It is right on the cusp of these pillars of life where Olivia Ballard will create and collaborate. ‘At Dusk’ plays with these intersections and imagines clothing which blend the barrier.
The event will be held in MaHalla’s Black Hall. This striking building placed in the midst of a historical industrial area in Schöneweide embodies the dusky tension between an intimate display of creativity and a sensation of magnitude and accessibility for all.
Saint Precious, an up and coming contemporary soul artist who works within the realm of electronic music, will open the show. Immersed in a soundscape composed by Dawud of Psssh Records, models will circle around the 76-meter stage affording guests an intimate view of the collection. Filip Setmanuk, a Berlin-based CGI Artist who uses video-games engines to create virtual worlds, will scan the models and digitally rendered the show. The artificial 3D landscape will be released and navigated in February 2023. ‘At Dusk’ will last approximatley 45 minutes followed by a private afterparty in the lower labyrinth of MaHalla for VIP guests.
Start show: 20:00
Doors open at 19:00
Afterparty: 21:00 till late
MaHalla Berlin: Wilhelminenhofstraße 76, 12459 Berlin
Public transport: Direction S Bahn Schöneweide, tram: Rathenaustr./HTW
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The show is part of the new format BERLIN CONTEMPORARY and is supported by the Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises in cooperation with the Fashion Council Germany.
Olivia Ballard has been selected by Fashion Council Germany to showcase her latest work, thereby participating in their quest for a visionary, technological and sustainable future of the global fashion industry.
Berlin Fashion Week – An International stage for fashion and design. Since 2007, Berlin Fashion Week has been one of the most important fashion weeks in Europe. Numerous high-caliber runway shows, installations, trade fairs, conferences/panels, exhibitions and side events for trade visitors and also fashion-conscious consumers are making the German capital a trend-setting hotspot for the national and international creative scene and to underline the city’s cross-disciplinary significance as the European Capital of Creative Industries. One of the core themes of Berlin Fashion Week is the consistent promotion of national design excellence and up-and-coming newcomer brands. The focus is on sustainability, inclusion and innovation, implemented through exceptional fashion in design, production and presentation.
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