The Vanitas theme and the subject of passing, beauty and death offer many possibilities for interpretation in the context of design and art.


Published 10:33 pm EST, January 8, 2023

Updated 12:58 pm EDT, October 23, 2023

Photo Credits

Fashion Designer: Weronika Wrzosek
Model: Julia Grzegorowska
Photographer: Zuzanna Wudarska

Weronika Wrzosek Vanitas

The vanitas theme and the subject of passing, beauty, and death offer many possibilities for interpretation. In the context of design and art, it is mainly due to the rich symbolism that touches upon many fields and issues. Having said that, Weronika Wrzosek uncovers the traditional view of Vanita’s earthly aspirations and material things as vain. Therefore, it allows for several references, including through colors, form, materials, and details used.


Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity

The avant-garde collection consists of unisex garments inspired by the broad symbolism of the vanitas motif. As a matter of fact, Weronika Wrzosek’s Vanitas message gravitates around “vanity of vanities, all is vanity”. The collection symbolically recalls the passage of time, the certainty of death, and the futility of temporal goods. Additionally, it draws inspiration from both old and contemporary art. Notwithstanding, the collection touches on current trends as well as ideas of famous designers of the 21st century.

All in all, the collection is intended for people aged 20 – 40 who like an extraordinary style, also considering the elderly, especially stage artists. Its leitmotif is the contrasting of sprawling, shiny, large forms with elements associated with the decomposition of organic matter. Additionally, part of the structure is based on the use of crinolines. Many materials (50 types) of different textures, colors, transparency, and openwork were used, and these contrasts were clearly emphasized in the styling. Surprisingly, hand-made or sewn-in elements made of materials not typically used in clothing production were used. Above all, the color range of the collection is rich: from white and powder pink through brown and green, and gold, black, and red.

About Weronika Wrzosek

Polish designer and artist, graduate of the Strzeminski Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź and Lodz University of Technology. As an inspiration for design, she uses issues known mainly from medieval and baroque art. Additionally, she works in artistic installation and painting, designing clothes, costumes, and fabrics. Above all, Weronika is curious about topics around passing, the materiality of decay, disinformation, destruction, alienation, loneliness, and excess in the contemporary world.

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