COLLECTION "LOST AND FOUND ST. PETERSBURG"
Innovative as well as artistic attempts, design-critical questions and present conflicts concerning her job business as fashion designer confront personal, very varied experiences in Russia in spring, 2009. The sojourn was realized by the “Go-East-Scholarship“ of the DAAD and allow the designer to be guest at the Sieglitz Academy for Art and Design in St. Petersburg.
But unexpected linguistic barriers and disorientation, loneliness and longing for familiar people and faces made her arrival in Russia to be a real challenge. Finally the attempt to approach a foreign culture and its language, to engage in unusual circumstances and customs, to socialize with people, allowed her peu à peu the access to country and people. A manifold mix of materials and sculptural elements determine the general view of the collection. Coffee bags, foil, discarded ties and buttons. Used ballet shoes, a shirt with twenty sleeves. Robust coats, high-necked collars. Bicycle tubes. Feathers. Uniforms versus High-Fashion versus “junk goods consumption“ – accentuated with “neon orange“.
“Isabel Vollrath`s collection is a poetic narration composed of various different stories. The bolero jacket made from ballet shoes, the coat made from coffee sacks, a coat with cardboard gloves as brooch, the jumpsuit made from mail bags – each piece creates its way into the viewers` hearts. Her answer to the confrontation of various materials is a convincing, creative and feminine one: She takes us on a journey.”