OUR FIRST COLLECTION IS A TRIBUTE TO THE POWER OF VIETNAMESE WOMEN, AND HOW THEY ARE THE REAL FORCE BEHIND A COUNTRY THAT APPEARS TO BE RULED BY MEN ALTHOUGH THE RULES ARE SET IN THEIR KITCHENS.
Soon after you get to Vietnam you realize that Vietnamese women are the ones who run the country behind the scenes while the guys think they can play around pretending to be very macho… at least until they see their wives coming their way. A good example of this is how fast the guys have their beer after work. They drink up three or four beers in twenty minutes - not like in England where the bell tells you when to stop. Here it’s the women who tell their husbands they must go straight home after work and stop playing around. At noon you see many Vietnamese guys driving their mopeds totally drunk trying not to fall at the stoplights.
So the Vietnamese women made it very easy for us to get the inspiration for the summer collection from this amazing country: we based it on the Power of Vietnamese women who were the working force of our project throughout.
While spending a lot of time with them and talking about the inspiration of the collection we jokingly came up with an anthem for it which is reflected on these pieces. We want to share it with you as it puts our idea into words, so here it goes:
“Vietnam’s power? That’s us. The daughters of a people who kicked out the Chinese, the Japanese, the French and then had enough left to send the Americans packing. Today it’s the same story. Guys can talk the talk but we do the walk. In Vietnam it’s us girls who wear the trousers... I mean, the Guerilla Dresses. Now we, guerilla girls, made these dresses to be stretchy enough to kick our husbands’ asses as much as seduce them and whoever else is around!”
P.S: We are looking for a musician to put music to our anthem.
P.P.S: Kore Kamino apologizes to any Vietnamese guy who neither drinks nor drives mopeds.
photographer: Laure Bollinger
model: Linda Pham Quam
location: Saigon, VN