Postexpose is a fashion collection inspired by a “return to nature”, without borders, created in 2020 – the year of the pandemic and consisting of a total of four contemporary clothing items that present new silhouettes of non-binary identities. By connecting small pieces of recycled black textile, designer Armin Ćosić shows how to create amorphous black silhouettes of clothing items that can always be expanded by adding new pieces and thus their silhouette can be supplemented and changed. From the aspect of design-form, these articles of clothing are artificial forms of bushes or tree tops, where, in the relationship between the body and the article of clothing, the body is a tree and the body can hide and thereby conceal its identity (e.g. in an unsafe zone with the aim of camouflage) which emphasizes and tries to highlight the garment and its silhouette for its own sake and not for the body that wears the garment. This concept follows the Japanese philosophy of the fashion wave of the 70s and 80s in which the silhouette of the garment does not have to follow the line of the body, and tries to scare and expand the silhouette of the body. As forms inspired by nature, these garments, just like the crown of a tree, can constantly grow and expand by adding new pieces of textile (leaves), thereby changing their silhouette, so that the idea of a non-binary identity (which does not know its ultimate limits in manifestation) becomes additionally emphasized.
Armin Ćosić (Eisenach, Germany, 1997) is a multidisciplinary artist and designer who approaches fashion from the aspect of observing clothing as a concept, object, or piece of artwork or as a medium unit for sending a message. Graduated in 2019, and got his master’s degree in 2020 in the field of unique design in fashion design at the Department of Product Design at the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts. He is active in the field of costume design and scenography for film, theatre, TV commercials, music videos and advertising campaigns. In his work, he recycles plastic and textile waste with the aim of artificializing the image of nature in relation to the body and the environment. His fashion projects and creations were presented at the DESIGN.S Biennale (Brno, Czech Republic – 2020), published in SPINNING SHADES Magazine (Berlin, DE – 2019), exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo, BA – 2022 .), and nominated for the Distributed Design Awards (Barcelona, Spain – 2021). Ćosić uses the bricolage technique in the design of products – clothes and objects – by recycling small pieces of waste materials (textiles, plastic, paper). In his work, he investigates the relationship between the body and the clothing item (object) with the environment in the process of artificializing forms from nature.