When it comes to fashion and our visual appearance in particular, most of the people in our society are seeking perfection. For Nada van Dalen, a fashion designer from Rotterdam, beauty means something different: darkness. The collections of the 32-year-old are the response to a world that pretends to be perfect. Searching for a new, realistic beauty image and boundaries in ready to wear, Nada translates themes like death, murder, fear, psychology, philosophy and aesthetic elements of anatomy books, religion, porn, working class and Hooliganism into her designs. You get the idea – her style is an anti-taste that is all about embracing raw imperfections. Because darkness is not just part of life, but part of all of us.
By Bela-Tess Wind