Late Youth Revival

Late Youth Revival, a graduate collection by Zara Soemadinata. Inspired by the 70’s punk era and her Indonesian heritage, Late Youth Revival blends cultures and up-cycled pieces in a bold, sustainable and innovative way.

We interviewed Zara to explore more about the brand and discover her plans for the future;

What was the inspiration behind your collection?

After learning how unethical and how much waste was created by fast fashion, I knew I needed to make a sustainable collection. Aesthetically, I was inspired by the 70’s punk movement because the attitude of that era was all about rebelling and going against the norm. I thought it was appropriate because I wanted to have a bold point of view.

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What fabrics and materials did you use?

A lot of vintage clothes out there are still in very good condition and their textiles are so unique. About 70% of the textiles for this collection derived from cut up vintage clothes and left over textiles that I’ve repurposed. There was a lot of corduroy, velvet, silks, pleather, faux fur, a lot of textured textiles. I had to strategically plan my designs and patterns to the textiles that I had. It was very tricky and took a lot of time but it was worth it because it made the whole experience more special. For design details I used a lot of chains, safety pins, zips and chunky metal rings.

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Who is the collection aimed at?

My collection is aimed at the innovative youth that are eccentric and not afraid of wearing bold clothing.

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Are you looking at expanding the brand in the future?

I am wanting to expand the brand but at a very slow pace because I need to learn a lot more about this industry before expanding.

What are your plans for the future?

I’ve recently got a job so I’m very excited and focused on starting my career. In the future, I want to create some digital art which are designed to inspire people to learn about sustainability and zero-waste lifestyle. I will never stop designing and making clothes. My dream is to have a sustainable fashion business one day so I’m working towards it!

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Creative Direction: Zara Soemadinata & Shak Toefy
Photography: Half & Halve
Designer/Stylist: Zara Soemadinata
Models: Sarah Drew
               Caleb Moses
                        Cara Greenbaum

 

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