If we consider the fact that ancient cultures worshipped mountains as a symbolic stairway to heaven, it’s really hard to track the origins of mountaineering to a specific age. Antoine de Ville’s ascent of Mont Aiguille in 1492 is the first record of “mountaineering” but the idea of mountain climbing as a systematic sport dates back only to 1854. Over the years, equipment used by people performing this sport has evolved enormously. Just think about those innovations that are now part of our everyday life, even in an urban setting, such as down jackets, hiking boots and carabineers. Some of the details and fabrics that are common for us come from the adaptation of this sport’s technicalities to the needs of modern life. Even how we wear our clothes today can have a direct correlation to mountaineering.
While functionality is the main reason why people wear clothing suited for the great outdoors in the city, we believe that the aesthetic factor is often more alluring. That’s why we imagined a scenario where fashion brands are layered with tech garments, where natural fabrics are blended with materials that have been designed for extreme weather conditions, and where classic colours are paired with a brighter palette.
This is A.O.E. – All Outdoor Exploration
Launch event December 3, 2015
c/o WOK Store – 7PM
All Outdoor Exploration
A visual essay about urban mountaineering by Carolina Amoretti
Curated by Contemporary Standard & WOK Store