Presenting the emerging young womenswear and menswear label Lapidarium, a new and exciting fashion brand who specialises in a sustainable yet innovative approach towards fashion. Founders Marta Gos and Martyna Sobczak make a powerful female duo, who both met whilst studying their BA in Fashion Technology Menswear degree at London College of Fashion, UK, and have been working together ever since.

Photograph courtersey of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtesy of Lapidarium | For full credits please refer to end of article

Now on their second collection, Lapidarium has launched MANIFA. A collection inspired by the protests against stricter abortion laws in Poland, proposed by the current Polish government in 2016. Many women went on strike, most notably during Black Monday in October 2016, which in turn resulted in the existing legislation being retained while the new, stricter amendment to the law was rejected.

Photograph courtersey of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtesy of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtersey of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtesy of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtersey of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtesy of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Embedded within the collection’s design concepts are symbols and metaphors visible in the form of delicate embroidery and printed badges, designed by Edgar Bak Studio from Warsaw , which can be translated from Polish as ‘Women rights’ or ‘My body, my choice.’ It’s clear to see the powerful sense of unified power between contemporary women, where sisterhood is visible, relentless, uncompromising and brave.

Photograph courtersey of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtesy of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Each collection centres around the brand’s approach towards fabrics and their sustainable and mindful sourcing. Lapidarium specialises in organic, certified, recycled qualities, or lower-impact ones. Simultaneously their designers experiment with textile waste and recycling/upcycling ideas, working on zero-waste production and closed-loop technologies themselves. For example, jersey compositions are made of high quality 100% regenerated polyamide fibre from post-consumer material. Organic cotton jerseys are made of unbleached, pure organic cotton, farmed and produced ethically and sustainably, certified by OCCGuarantee and GOTS systems. In addition, woven fabrics are lower-impact, sourced from British, Italian and French mills with all screen printing production made locally with independent printmakers based in Seven Sisters, London – Dot Studio.

Photograph courtersey of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Photograph courtesy of Lapidarium | Photographed by Adam Plucinski MOVE

Political fashion has been common of late, the fashion industry seemingly offering itself up as a platform for passionate protest and expression. This type of protest may not take the conventional form of people walking the streets with hand made signs, rather located on the catwalk with custom made garments that aim to convey a similar powerful message.

MANIFA Campaign

Photography: Adam Plucinski | MOVE @adamplu2
Art Direction: Joanna Skiba | @mandagstudio
Makeup: Agata Kalbarczyk
Hair: Gor Duryan @gorgeousduryan
Stylist: Marta Gos @martush_g
Models: Alicja, Ewa, Maria, Milena, Ola | @rebel_models
Right hand: Filip Zwierzchowski @zwierzchowski_
Postproduction: Andrzej Strzalkowski
Production: Zofia Gulczynska, Magdalena Opacka | MOVE

Lookbook:

Photography: Kasia Rucinska @kasiarucinska
Art Direction: Kamil Szczapaniak | @pankamilsz
Stylist: Marta Gos @martush_g
Makeup: Suyane Abreu @suabreup
Hair: Lisa Risa Yoshida @lisahoneybeee
Model: Marie Lüder
Postproduction: Andrzej Strzalkowski