EACH STEP A TORMENT

Beast of the East, Czech underwear and nightwear designer duo, brings a second installment of their series of retold fairytales. After Snow White comes a melancholic story of a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea to gain a human soul. Episode 2: The Little Mermaid.
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Original Czech poem accompanying the collection, translated to English on the right.

1. hlubina
2. pozorování
1. hlubina 3
1. hlubina 1

První kámen bílý

s mojí dlaní srůstá

nedosáhnu

jen si představuji ve tmě mnoho

tolik mi voní krev

White the first stone

growing into my palm

I can’t reach

just imagine many in the dark

blood smells oh so good

2. pozorování (1)

chci druhý kámen rudý

co mi zamkne ústa

nepromluvím 

neohnu

a zpomalím

I want the second stone crimson

which will lock my lips

I won’t speak

I won’t bend

and will slow down

4. žiju dýchám učím se chodit 2
3. čarodějnice (1)
4. žiju dýchám, učím se chodit 1

nechci třetí kámen černý

co mi v srdci zůstal

už vím, že moje bohatství je studené

rybí

lesklé a prastaré

I don’t want the third stone black

which stayed in my heart

I know now that my riches are cold

fishy

glossy and ancient

4. žiju dýchám učím se chodit 3
4. žiju dýchám, učím se chodit
3. čarodějnice

necítím, neumím

zvážila jsem bolest

potom jsem zvážila prázdnotu

chci ti všechno dát

ze dna posbírat

zatančím

zpátky se nevrátím.

I can’t feel, I can’t do

I’ve weighed pain

then I’ve weighed emptiness

I want to give you all

picked from the seabed

I will dance

and won’t come back.

5. miluje jinou 3
5. miluje jinou

ABOUT BEAST OF THE EAST / Beast of the East is a joint project of Kateřina Plamitzerová and Alena Jakubová. Astral twins Alena and Kateřina met at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in autumn 2014. We create underwear and nightwear in small series. In addition to our product line, we make our own custom garments. We are in an endless process of seeking nourishing female archetypes, the attributes which we imprint carefully into each of our pieces. To support the one who wears it. “Women Running with Wolves” by Clarrisa Pinkola Estés brought us on this journey.

From the inside out and back in.

The discovered snippets of stories are narrated through inspirational collections. They echo in simple, everyday wear products. Our beloved piece is Panties – the guardians of the entrance. Our products are sewn in the Czech Republic, we choose the materials in local knitting shops.

Slowfood for the soul.

In our independent production, we like to work with recycling of the old. We also create costumes for various stage artists. The costume allows us to capture the archetype with high accuracy and fantastic freedom. That is why it is an indispensable part of our work, a balancing element.

https://beastoftheeast.cz/

6. proměna v pěnu (1)
6. proměna v pěnu

CREDITS
Photo / @judita_s_hlavou_holoferna
Model / @_kristyna_vajnerova_
Styling / @beastoftheeastcz
Nails / @annamachova_nails
Translation / Františka Blažková

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