- The interview of KRJST -
*Erika Schillebeeckx and Justine de Moriamé, you’re the cofounders of the art collective KRJST, founded in 2012. KRJST, why this name ?
KRJST is the contraction of the letters KR from Erika and the
letters JST from Justine. We also wanted to choose a name which
evoke something spiritual and something federative at the same time.
Those two ideas reflects the foundations of our art collective.
*Can you tell us more about your background ?
We had both a few years of global artistic studies were we
discovered drawing, painting and video, before we entered la
Cambre in the fashion design department. We both had an artistic
vision about what fashion could be and wanted to use fashion as a
*Let’s go deeper in the world of KRJST. What is it ? What do you do ?
Studio KRJST is a Belgian art collective founded in 2012
Gathering a panel of various artists (fashion designers, photographers and print
designers), Studio KRJST offers its knowhow and expertise to various projects.
Fashion designers by background, Erika and Justine have a refined knowledge of
textile, colors and shapes and have ability to integrate their knowledge into different
fields of artistic expression.
For their creations, the duo teamed up with the photographer
who, by his eye, reveals their equilibrium point.
The Krjst’s draw their inspiration in the search for identity in a globalized society
and the meeting of different cultures combining technology and craftsmanship.
By realizing its exclusive prints, materials and images, Studio KRJST offers its
expertise and knowhow to many achievements in the world of fashion and design.
Renowned brands such as EASTPAK (luggage),
HUAWEI (Technology company),
MC ALSON (men’s underwear) and
DISNEY already chose to work with the Studio
for special editions or projects.
Studio KRJST makes itself recognizable through its unexpected symbioses of
elements like art, bold colors, 3D technology, photography and textile design.
Studio KRJST presents two ready to wear collections per year.
Past exhibitions include : MoMu in Antwerpen,
Bread and Butter in Berlin,
Saatchi Gallery in London,
FashionClash Festival in Holland,
BOZAR in Brussels.
*Where do you get your inspiration ?
All the team is inspired by a lot of different things. I would say first
that we are very inspired by everyday life such as religion, weather,
nature, friends, moments, intimacy, music and travelling . Then
more specifically, we admire artists who has a big historical and
social background such as Frida Kahlo,
Nina Simone and
Michael Jackson. We are very inspired by the relation
between art and fashion, between the 2D of an art piece and the
3D of a garment, a sculpture or even human bodies. We are fascinated
by architecture, new technologies, artisanal craftsmanship and
*Do you have a brand/fashion designer role model ? Why this one ?
We like how the japanese brand ANREALAGE is reinveting
fashion, we like how Dries Van Noten always reinvents some
grace. We also follow young designers and artists who are trying
to install some personality in their work and projects.
*Is there an experience/success that stood out the most to you ?
When you create your first collection, when you show it for the
first time, when you have your first shop, when you see someone
wearing KRJST for the first time, when you make your first
exhibition, your first art piece order, your first collaboration, ...
Everyday something new is happening through the studio, which
makes you more experienced and who gives you the guts to go
forward and to believe in what we do.
*If I want a KRJST garment, where can I get it ?
If you want a KRJST garment, you have to come at our workshop
with an appointment or to come to one of our exhibitions. One
year ago, we stopped taking part in the fashion weeks and fashion
industry for the reason that we started to have more creative
contracts. So we are making very exclusive pieces for private
clients with a lot of love. You are always welcome.
*What is your opinion about the Belgian fashion industry ?
Belgium has always been a creative fertile region, it must be
something with the earth hertz or something like that. We have many great
artists and fashion designers, with also very good schools. But
then, a lot are having a big slap in their face when it starts to
concern industry and funds. It is very different work to develop the
business and commercial side. So it is important to partner up and
make good working teams.
*After the project Star Wars Legion
and the STROKAR exhibition, what are your next projects or fashion events in your calendar ?
We are working on a scenographic project for an exhibition who
links art and fashion, in October in Brussels. We are also working
on different kinds of tapestries for private orders for special
clients :) We are preparing our participation on the Première Vision Design fair
with our prints. We are working on a collaboration with a japanese
brand of stationery and with a belgian artisanal luxury carpet designers. Then
in January, we will present our second exhibition in Antwerp.