"In the backyard of the [Royal Academy of Fine Arts] school was this little building, on the verge of collapsing. You would have to very carefully go over the stairs, because if you took one mis-step, you could literally push your feet through them. It was almost dangerous. So I think that the whole thing melted well together. It was the switch from the 80s to 90s, the reaction on excess with minimalism and deconstruction, the first appearance of grunge. So that feeling of romanticism, together with the history, the building and the run down corridors with the statues, it really did make a big impact on how you formed your visual language. I really think there was something quite dark and magical about it, matching perfectly the zeitgeist of the period."

— Willy Vanderperre
Carol Christian Poell autumn / winter 2001-02
The male collections are generally not subject to a theme or concept. Concentration is on fabric, structure and how texture relates to form, perfection of material and construction is sought. Together with traditional tailoring and research into original fabric Carol Christian Poell reflects an estrangedness with the dictate of the dress code. He uses classical elements of a masculine wardrobe and places them in a different context. An emphasis is put on reproducing long existing objects or details of tailoring, risking in times of industrial garment production to become extinct. 

Carol Christian Poell autumn / winter 2001-02

The male collections are generally not subject to a theme or concept. Concentration is on fabric, structure and how texture relates to form, perfection of material and construction is sought. Together with traditional tailoring and research into original fabric Carol Christian Poell reflects an estrangedness with the dictate of the dress code. He uses classical elements of a masculine wardrobe and places them in a different context. An emphasis is put on reproducing long existing objects or details of tailoring, risking in times of industrial garment production to become extinct. 


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