KOMONO Collaborates With the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp For The Fifth Year

After four successful editions, KOMONO presents this year’s collaboration with the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp featuring IGOR DIERYCK and TAK JIYEON from the Fashion Department to create eyewear pieces part of the final collection of their master’s degree. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers. Together bringing the FUTURE FORWARD.


The YESSIR collection is inspired by a reflection on the place of hotel staff within their establishment. Through firsthand experience of working at a reception of a hotel, Igor saw the wide variety of complex and subtle relations between the different protagonists sharing the space of a hotel lobby. The main objective of Igor’s collection is to highlight those who, too often, are ignored and concealed by a system that does not give them the place to be

powerful. The eyewear element of his collection is inspired by the shape of a champagne glass, served by a waiter. The 2cm depth of the frames translates the metaphorical distance between the waiter and the customer whose eyes often go straight to the champagne not to the person serving it. The eyewear becomes a detail in highlighting the overall dialogue of the collection, the incorporation of the interaction between the waiter and customer.


The “Knives Out” collection was inspired by a certain attitude, an attitude of arming and standing tall to withstand unexpected external stimuli. Tak focuses on cultural content and historical garments to enrich her collection. Culturally, the focus lies in the German expressionist era of films. The overall dark and twisted setting, as well as narrative, sets the direction of the collections’ atmosphere. Garment wise the collection borrowed inspiration from a knight’s armor and the dialogue surrounding it; to protect, disobey and rebel.