15 Quick Questions with Adam of A D A M

photography by Matthew Haylett

Adam-Lin Bungag interviewed by Bradley Fairall


Why did you chose to pursue fashion? 

Fashion was kind of an happy accident for me. I grew up in uniformed schools for the large portion of my youth. It always struck me how clothing can strongly impact ones social standing, sense of community and at the same time take away the authentic self. I think that I chose fashion because it's all encompassing in a sense that everyone has no choice in participating in it, in a sadistic way, I enjoy the idea that people who have a deep disdain for fashion and it's culture still choose to wear clothing.

 

What had the greatest influence your first collection?

Looking back at my first collection now I always get a good laugh. At the time of it inception I found the fashion climate to be so over bearing with extravagant heads, over design, and to be frank quite over the top. I wanted to flip that expectation I felt was placed upon me and throw it back at societies face in a very punk way. The collection is very much intentionally barren. 

 

What do you see for the future of fashion?

Big things are definitely coming. The world is slowly turning its head away from the idea of fast fashion, and I think it's definitely a milestone for society. It is not necessarily the influx of luxury fashion available and the desire but the very brutal and apparent impact it's having on the world. 

 

Does being based in Vancouver influence your work?

Yes and no. Just because there's not much happening here, which is very inspiring, like a blank canvas if you will. But it's a double edged sword, because you look at that blank canvas and say, “where do I start?”

 

Do you design for yourself?

Not really. There are some pieces I design where I say, “Wow, I would totally wear that!” But I don't have the intention in my design for that. 

 

'in a sadistic way, I enjoy the idea that people who have a deep disdain for fashion and it's culture still choose to wear clothing'

 

What’s your greatest source of inspiration?

I'm very much inspired by intangible feeling emotions and experiences. 

 

What would you consider the core elements of your designs?

To me balance is an important characteristic to any kind of design. When I come up with any kind of ideas I like to make sure that each garment has a balance and a sort of cleanliness to its initial appearance.  

 

How would you describe your first collection?

Messy. Obviously a very naïve approach at construction, however I was very pleased with the pattern drafting and overall fit. To me C O M P O S I T I O N was a visually appealing collection but some of the design points could have certainly been more developed 

 

Who would you consider the most relevant designers of the moment?

Vetements, Balenciaga, Gucci, and Dalaria.

 

What is you process when putting togethera collection?

I like to linger on emotions and experiences. Sometimes an emotion resonates and sticks to you differently than it may have in the past. So when I come up with a collection I like to linger on the very original and true feeling of the collection until it feels different. This might happen in a span of 1-3 looks or 1-10 looks.  

 

'when I come up with a collection I like to linger on the very original and true feeling of the collection until it feels different'

 

How do you feel design school influenced you?

It's certainly helped me stay more organized and appreciative of the things and people around me. 

 

Describe your personal style

Rick Owens arguing with Demna Gvasalvia and Yohji Yamamoto in an alley in Brooklyn. 

 

What do you admire in other designers work?

I admire their experience. In fashion, no amount of money can get you the unique experience you have. No one has the one of a kind genuine scars of living life, falling and getting back up again. I admire their perseverance. 

 

How would you describe your aesthetic?

Blasé and problematic 

 

What can we expect from your next collection?

Skin, piercings, tattoos, sex, but not sexually driven. 


Photography by Matthew Haylett - www.matthewhaylett.com

styling by Dani Dyrland

beauty/grooming by Marlayna Pincott at Lizbell 

designer -  A D A M

models - Jenna Berman at Next Canada, Sang Jeong at Lizbell