Ann Huybens autumn—winter 1997—98.
Her designs aim to combine exoticism and serenity, nostalgia and desire, chaos and peace. In concrete terms she translates this philosophy into clothes which are designed and made, literally and metaphorically, round the body. All pieces in her collections can only be ordered to measure. She creates mainly for women, regardless of age, shape or size.
Her collections always contain sections for afternoons, evenings and nights. Huybens intends this division into three sections to represent the circular course taken by a woman’s life. Her clothing is three-dimensional, wound in a spiral round the body, with no beginning and no end, an unceasing movement. She uses stitching, piping and contrasting colours to emphasise the seams that run round the body. Asymmetric fastenings, details and shapes ensure freedom of movement. A spiral skirt and a tango dress are typical items in her collections. The spiral skirt is a skirt with neither beginning nor end, wound in a spiral round the hips. Her tango dress has a long train that can be tied up by means of a small loop. Let’s dance!
On the occasion of her Winter collection 1997-98, Huybens for the first time brought out a jewellery collection based on her ‘eye’ symbol. Later she also made pieces of jewellery from organic waste such as fish bones. Animal and vegetable leftovers, leaves, feathers and fish bones are also used in her clothes. A few of her pieces for Summer 1999 were made of bits of material, stuck together, modelled to the body. This process was in due course extented to include pieces of dried meat.