Inspired by the Women of Communism, “Double Identity / Podwojna Tozsamosc”, is a short film collaboration between Karolina Zmarlak, Jesse Keyes, and directors Jenna Elizabeth and Matt Kliegman. The film is a visual expression of Karolina Zmarlak’s Fall/Winter 2011 collection, where the clothing comes alive with the intensity of the portrayed action.
This season was especially personal for Zmarlak, as the inspiration stemmed from her childhood growing up in Communist Poland. From an early age, the designer learned how a strict society can challenge a woman’s individuality, and stifle her freedom to imagine and create her own reality. Women in these environments are pushed to search for means of expression and humanism, and often do so at the expense of personal conflict and tension among one another; this struggle often results in strong individual identities.