ZSIGMOND DORA menswear AW17 Collection

The inspiration for the latest collection was found in the legendary Hungarian movie director, Miklós Jancsó’s outstanding creation, The Round-up. Not only the story, but also the imagery and the perspective of Jancsó had a huge impact on the designer. The venue of the film cites the home and the countryside, two things that are always important to Dóra. The magical world of the one-time outlaws of Hungary was as inspirational as the pictures, the generous treatment of the huge spaces, the relationships of the characters and the movement of the masses.

The film that served a basic motivation for Dora was made in the middle of the 1960s, ten years after the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. The story itself however plays a hundred years ago, in the 1860s and is about the suppression of the outlaw-world that existed after the Hungarian war of independence of 1848-49. The Round-up was born during the communism, in a cultural system that did not support its existence, but it was tolerated and it had a role of a cultural valve for the society. The subtitle at the beginning of the movie says: sixties. But which sixties? Is it 1960s or 1860s? The political parallel and the (not so) hidden message is obvious and for Dóra it recalls today’s political situation as well.

The fresh collection is for the urban, modern man and its pieces are characterized by layers and warm materials. Just as we can see in The Round-up, the collection also exists of clothes piled-up on each other, raw materials and rough textures. Wool plays an important role as jackets and pullovers. As usually, Dóra’s work contains rich and characteristic surfaces, textures and exciting details. The mood of the collection is defined by the fur embroidery. Water-repellent materials that were captured in the movie as kent jackets are now reborn as clothes of the new urban men’s wardrobe. As a primary viewpoint the clothes are functional and comfortable as well as unique. Functionality appears in well-combined pieces and removable linings, adjustable width, variable layers and reversible pieces. Details also call back the inspirational basic: the lettering of the lining „CLOSED” symbolizes the imprisoned outlaws of the movie.

The brand is known for it rich hand-made details and techniques that appear in this season as well. Color-wise we see the shades of green and grey, black, beige, powder pink and silver details. Puritan and simple colors dominate in the whole collection.

ZSIGMOND DORA menswear is an emerging designer brand based in Budapest, Hungary.
The designer is a young creator, Dora, who grew up in a small village, but now lives in the capital, Budapest. Both the countryside and the urban lifestyle have an enormous effect on the designer’s work. The fresh and progressive designs are inspired by traditional & cultural background of Hungary, whereas the outfits are contemporary and compatible with the urban look. Dora draws inspiration form unique characters, individuality, everyday situations, topics concerning sociographic problems, series, films, exhibitions, books, songs. Life itself. The borders between reality and imagination and their limitless facilities bring her the most motivation.

The essence of ZSIGMOND DORA menswear brand is based on the dual energies of tradition and modernity. This playful tensity gives the dynamics of each piece which are created with care and from high quality materials. The fine materials, raw fabrics and traditional techniques make the pieces feel like home, while the contemporary designs bring you back to the city lifestyle. Handcrafted by local people, especially by the wonderful seamstress, aunt Juliska in the village Dora grew up in. The brand’s collections carry the values of ethical fashion. Dora deals with the traditional handicraft techniques herself, and the image pieces are produced following the principles of recycling.

The pictures were taken at the brand’s own production.
Makeup: Rozita Tóth
Hair: Mátyás Lukács Mod&Co
Model: Domonkos @ Sam the Agency
Special thanks to Virág Végh and for the plant vegetation for the Finecut Delivery