Aalto University




Tauri Västrik is a fashion design student from Estonia who has recently started his master degree studies in Aalto University, Finland. During the previous studies and personal development, he’s been aiming to create gender-fluid aesthetics in a relation with more sustainable point of view for clothing.

Bold, abstract digital prints on surface, outerwear based on post-consumer waste methods and experimental way of analysing the personal stories related to the garment concept has been the visual assets for his previous designs. He enjoys to use manipulation of various materials and fabrics in collection development. Creating his own materials is something as well to notice on given collection. Jacquard and intarsia in knitwear are both created via mixture of artisanal and industrial methods, including research of creating the distorted structures in knits.

This collection is a fashion research about the exploration of light and heavy knitwear - the manipulation of material and technical structures both in hand knitting and industrial one with recycled silk and embroidery. Research, that dives into personal memories of the kids nightwear from 90’s and how growing adult relates with the independent decisions of how to express your gender role in society. As being inspired by gender theorist Judith Butler and believing that gender is in constant flux, this message becomes strongly part of creating contradictions between the textiles, silhouettes and consumer of this collection. Roosters is a symbol that has been used in Estonian medieval churches as a mark of ‘vitality’.

This also has been used as a cover for alphabetical book in the early stages of education in preliminary school. In adulthood, we sense symbolism in rooster as something rather catty and sexual.