Bauhaus has been an integral art movement that's shaped the way artists and designers create, and in some instances, still practiced till this day. The movement stemmed from the Staatliches Bauhaus (more commonly known as 'Bauhaus'), a German art school that was operational from 1919 to 1933. The school's aim was to combine different elements within the sphere of fine arts, and crafts, to create something that's visually balanced and with little to no fluff. A piece of art that looks sharp and clean, with design elements that serve a purpose.
It's an aesthetic that instantly brings London-based brand COS to mind. The brand is known for its minimalistic approach to fashion—clean lines, monochromatic palette, and fuss-free design details—with collections inspired by art in its varied forms. Its ethos is similar to that of the Bauhaus movement too, where form goes hand in hand with function. It's no wonder then that COS has referenced the art movement in several collection since it was established in 2007.
In honour of the Bauhaus' 100th year, COS will launch a capsule collection of an edit of its Bauhaus-inspired pieces. The 13-piece COS Archive Editions collection sees the brand reviving designs and tweaking them for the now. Created with a palette of whites and different shades of greys (reminiscent of the Bauhaus building in Dessau), the collection comprises of six womenswear pieces, six menswear pieces, as well as an accessory.
The menswear pieces of COS Archive Editions focus on an ergonomic design, with design elements that are adjustable, raw-edge finishings and hidden fastenings for a truly minimal aesthetic. While the collection comprises of largely elevated staples, the addition of an apron (a design that COS has created a number of times before for men) is a great example of how minimalism isn't just stuck to rehashing basics.
The COS Archive Editions collection will be available online and in stores this October.