Monday 29 December 2014

Baku Maeda, Ribbonesia

Amazing masks constructed from ribbons by Baku Maeda an illustrator, whose most incredible work has to be the costume pieces and masks that he creates as collaborations under the name Ribbonesia.

Sunday 21 December 2014

Julia Horner II

Again magical in their contrasting opacity and transparency, these designs by Julia Horner have a wonderful movement about them as the knitted concentric circles look like hula hoops spinning around the body.

Saturday 20 December 2014

Julia Horner I

I absolutely love Julia Horner's designs that combining elegant line with fabrics contrasting not only in weight but also density, lovely sheer voile paired with faux fur.

Friday 19 December 2014

Frau Berg II

I love the drama of Frau Berg's accessories created using intricate and ancient lace making techniques. The jewelry, body armor and accessories that Patricia Berg creates have an amazing historic quality and Patricia often takes inspiration from historic paintings and yet her creations also a very contemporary edge bringing together influences from computer games, and films.

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Erik Madigan Heck III

Mary Katrantzou's AW 2013 collaction photographed by Erik Madigan Heck, a wonderful ghostly, double exposed, creative collaboration creating great beauty.

Tuesday 16 December 2014

Erik Madigan Heck II

I adore Erik Madigan Heck's work it is always so rich with colour and so powerfully beautiful. These are photographs that Erik took for Numéro's September edition this year of Alana Zimmer the last stunning hand embroidered layered voile dress is by Valentino. Styling was by Samuel Francois, hair by Laurent Philipoon, Makeup Karim Rahman.

Monday 15 December 2014

Magdalena Brozda

Magdalena Brozda is Polish but studied fashion at the Geneva University of Art and Design she graduated with a BA in 2009 but last year returned to get her Masters, She now lives and works in Geneva. These images are from her 2014 collection 'If I die today, please call me tomorrow', where she explored celebrations of death.

"I used a panel of materials and colours linked to the theme: white leather and paper confetti of different sizes are linked to celebration,. the holes in the leather could evoke a skin pierced by bullets and the pieces in darker colours are more linked to macabre and sinister sentiments. The fringes are references to festive and positive images that designer associated with death since she was Young. Incoherence and confusion are the pillars of the collection: the assembly of elements that have nothing to do with each other (hospital shoes, Nike socks, little girls’ dresses), the unconventional mix of materials like leather, paper, organza, and the more or less chaotic assemblage contribute to create the ambiguous aesthetic of the work." Magdalena Brozda

Thursday 11 December 2014

Luke Bullen and Jana Dahmen

Ghostly shrouds from American/German designer Jana Dahmen and Luke Bullen who graduated from London college of Fashion this summer. Jana Dahmen is inspired by digital technology and science fiction, whilst Luke Bullen was an illustrator who then specialized in fashion. Together they created this very dramatic collection where the identity of the wearer is concealed and confused with the persona printed on the veil.

Sunday 7 December 2014

Harry Pontefract

Deconstructed, reconstructed, asymmetric and exciting. This is the work of Westminster graduate Harry Pontefract from Sheffield, whose work I keep returning to and admiring.

Saturday 6 December 2014

Bora Aksu I

Bora Aksu is a London based Turkish designer these light, full, flowing designs are from his Autumn/ Winter 2014 collection I love the way they are not the dark palette that we usually expect of a winter collection and that makes them celebratory, beautiful clothes for a Christmas party. It is a timeless almost fairytale collection.

Monday 1 December 2014

Emily Speed

Emily Speed wearing her costume sculpture constructed from waste cardboard, wood and plastic as a carapace. 
"Inhabitant was made during Urban Interventions, an exchange residency based in Linz between European Capital of Culture cities. Nominated for the residency by Liverpool Biennial, I worked at Salzamt Atelierhaus from July to September 2009.
A sculpture made and worn around Linz, Austria, Inhabitant is about trying to find your own place or identity in a city and the representation of psychological space. The final form was influenced by the time spent in Linz and took on some characteristics of the architecture there. The materials in the work - cardboard, wood and plastics - were all previously discarded and these made fragile, temporary building blocks. Worn, or inhabited, this work sits somewhere between a garment and a sculpture. It is like a shell or façade, in which I, although concealed safely inside, remain vulnerable, without the ability to see and encumbered by my own creation.
" Emily Speed 

Friday 28 November 2014

Ximon Lee

Abstract layering of colour and features like zips and fastenings are piled together into Ximon Lee's designs. Rich textural works that are the antithesis of tailoring, but the essence of modern collaged designs. Ximon Lee graduated from Parsons Fashion School in 2014 and has been shortlisted for the H&M Design awards 2015. His collection was influenced by travels in Russia.
"The unintentional styles of street children near suburban Moscow is the main focus. Oversized, ill-fitted and layered clothes on these orphans are keys to survive in cold Russian winter. However, the unexpected mixture of materials and the contrast between synthetic and organic textures from these found clothes are pieces of art and love. Based on the idea of oversized clothes on homeless children, Ximon deconstructed and re-patterned many garments from Salvation Army. Different ways of sandwiching/bonding fabrics as well as constructing with found materials such as trash bags and cardboards are also explored during the development." Ximon Lee

Thursday 27 November 2014

Clara Jungman Malmquist

Clara Jungman Malmquist's stunning graduate collection at Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts had an exuberant boldness of pattern and colour. Inspired by abstract artists like Mondrian her work is exciting, the product of vision and visual energy. Clara is shortlisted for the 2015 H&M Design Award.

Monday 24 November 2014

Asya Kozina I

Paper costumes created to represent the different wedding outfits of different culture by paper sculptor Asya Kozina, as an advertisement for wedding underwear from "Wild Orchid" company.

Tuesday 18 November 2014

BIO 50: Eugenia Morpurgo | The Fashion System

Bio 50 'The Fashion System' is a wonderful collaborative design project to rejuvenate sustainable fashion and textiles using materials local to Slovenia, Designers made a 'wearable' and then created a kind of 'recipe' for each wearable that then stimulates further research and extended design. In this case it raised awareness of a neglected Slovenian resource: wool. 
The video shows an interview with Eugenia Morpurgo, who was a mentor of the Fashion System BIO 50 team. 
This example shows the wonderful work created in Slovenia. The intention behind Bio 50 is that the idea is going to spread to many other countries to encourage and engage designers. It focuses particularly on more sustainable design and creativity from the materials readily available in the geographical location. Bio 50 also  re-energises local identity, tradition and culture  that has been eroded by globalised production.

Monday 17 November 2014


Marbled fabrics combined with pleats and dramatic folded forms by Ilja  these are from the Caesura collection.

Sunday 16 November 2014

Juana Diaz

The Chilean fashion designer and textile artist Juana Diaz deconstructs and rejuvenates garments, creating beauty from the chaos and the ethos of reclaiming fabric from used garments.
(Thank you)