One of the more forgotten of the Antwerp 6, Marina Yee is set to return 10 years after her last collection with a new collection to be shown at the concept store Laila Tokio in Tokyo. Marina graduated at the Royal Academy, Antwerp in 1981 alongside the Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester and Dirk Van Saene and went on to show in London as part of the Antwerp 6. Yee then left the group in 1988, setting up her own label to great success but did not want her brand to become large and commercial and so only released small collections off the traditional catwalk schedule, showing her final collection in 2005.
Titled the M.Y. project, the collection will include clothing and textiles from flea-markets reimagined and reconstructed into 5 new designs alongside archive pieces and handpicked artwork. Yee’s work has always centred around the reconstruction of garments found at flea markets in an effort to ‘battle the materialistic wastefulness’ associated with fashion. Yee was at the forefront of recycled and eco-friendly fashion before the issue of eco-consciousness really hit the mainstream.
She calls the latest collection “the micro-collection. It’s very small and it’s a reaction against the over-offering of so many choices today that lacks soul.” The opportunity, said Yee, came about after the vintage shop, which previously hosted pop-ups selling Helmut Lang archive pieces and Phoebe Philo‘s first collection for Céline, purchased some of her designs at an auction. With her latest collection she hopes to shine a light on sustainability within the industry.
The collection can be seen at Laila Tokio 1-5-11-2f, Shibuya, Shibuya-Ku, Tokyo from 30 August